Gateway Academy unveils new Virtual Reality Lab to help Autistic kids

(SCOTTSDALE)– How can virtual reality serve education? Gateway Academy will address this question and celebrate school choice at the grand opening of its Virtual Reality Lab at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Hundreds of legislators, educators, parents, and students will attend the event, which will feature a keynote address by Arizona Director of Implementation for the American Federation for Children, Sarah Raybon. During the grand opening, Gateway Academy students will demonstrate how virtual reality can be used to make studying more exciting and effective.

Gateway Academy students will demonstrate how virtual reality can be used to make studying more exciting and effective. / Photo courtesy Gateway Academy.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.

“The strongest proof that virtual reality can aid the education system is, in a way, the human brain,” said O. Robin Sweet, executive director and CEO at Gateway Academy. “The brain tends to remember 10 percent of what it reads, 20 percent of what it hears, and 90 percent of what it does or simulates. Let’s see what virtual reality can bring to the table for education in 2018 and beyond.”

Gateway Academy is a private school serving students in grades K-12 with a focus on Twice-Exceptional (2E) Students. Gateway Academy is the only school in Arizona State specializing in a population of students who are both academically bright and diagnosed with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome).

For media inquires, please contact Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon at or at (480) 495.3806.

About National School Choice Week
.As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 20 through 26, 2019, more than 40,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week. For more information, visit

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