High school students create virtual reality museum exhibit

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- Some high school students helped create a new exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It gives people a chance to see the realities of World War I through the eyes of a soldier.

The "Guts and Glory" exhibit was unveiled at a ribbon cutting and reception Friday night at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.

The celebration also marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the former country of Czechoslovakia.

Metro High School students designed replica train cars in the exhibit and Iowa BIG students worked on a virtual reality experience.

"To know that teenagers partnered with the museum to pull off this experience is fabulous," Mary Ann Dilla, an attendee, said.

With a headset people can see what it was like through the eyes of a soldier on a bakery rail car.

"Incorporating virtual reality into a museum exhibition; it has not been done in the Midwest that we know about," said Gail Naughton, president and CEO of the museum.

One of the students behind the project was excited to be given the opportunity.

"They really put their reputation on the line by trusting highschoolers who knew nothing about what they were doing or what the museum was about to build a museum exhibit. I'm just really thankful to my whole team," said Isaac Miller, an Iowa BIG student.

The Guts and Glory exhibit will be on display until December 31.