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Envision by WorldStrides’ virtual programs are designed to empower, engage, and equip next-generation leaders to realize the power of their potential from the comfort of home. Through self-guided, hands-on lessons in animation, game design, machine learning, medicine, and programming, students explore these ever-expanding areas and utilize current technology to hone their skills for the future.

BEGINNER

Recommended for grades 4-9

Roblox Game Development

Game Design with Roblox participants have the unique opportunity to explore game design, build multiplayer worlds, and publish a game from home! Students gain tangible skills as they learn to create their own game on the Roblox platform using a base template (Platformer, Racer, or RPG) and the Lua programming language. Through a combination of self-paced instruction, hands-on project work, and interactive tutorials designed by leading gaming gurus at George Mason University, students are fully immersed in the game-design experience.

Prerequisites: Program participants should be reasonably proficient with a keyboard and mouse as this course requires some typing. Each student should also have a Roblox account before beginning the class. Create an account for your student here: roblox.com. You can find more information about Lua coding here: lua.org/about.html.

Note: This course is meant for at-home, self-paced study via an online platform. Internet access is required. Login credentials will be sent via email. Students may begin on the first of the month following their enrollment and complete the program at their pace within 90 days.

Tuition: $149

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Recommended for grades 7-12

Game Programming and Design with Unity and C#

Students who participate in Game Programming and Design with Unity and C# have the opportunity to explore game design, write C# scripts to create desired game mechanics, and publish their own game—all from home. Participants expand their knowledge of game design and development and gain tangible skills as they learn the game programming necessary to enable desired object and character behaviors in both 2D and 3D worlds. Through a combination of over 80 hours’ worth of self-paced instruction, hands-on project work, and interactive tutorials designed by leading gaming gurus at George Mason University, students immerse themselves in the game design experience!

Note: This course is meant for at-home, self-paced study via an online platform. Internet access is required. Login credentials will be sent via email. Students may begin on the first of the month following their enrollment and complete the program at their pace within 90 days.

Tuition: $399

Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Python

Participants in Machine Learning/AI with Python have the opportunity to explore the newest sub-field of computer science, AI—which provides movie and music recommendations for you based on previous selections, enables a Tesla to self-drive and steer you home autonomously, and allows an iRobot vacuum cleaner to self-map your house—at home. Students learn the Python programming language from scratch utilizing a range of open-source Python data-analysis and machine-learning tools, modules, and libraries. Through a combination of over 80 hours’ worth of self-paced instruction, hands-on project work, and interactive tutorials designed by leading faculty at George Mason University, participants gain tangible skills while being immersed in AI!

Note: This course is meant for at-home, self-paced study via an online platform. Internet access is required. Login credentials will be sent via email. Students may begin on the first of the month following their enrollment and complete the program at their pace within 90 days.

Tuition: $399

ADVANCED

Recommended for grades 9-12

Online Medical Academy

During the Online Medical Academy, in collaboration with The Apprentice Doctor®, students explore medical instruments, surgical tools, examination and diagnostic techniques, as well as career opportunities in medicine via an online learning platform that features numerous accredited training courses. Through a combination of self-paced instruction, hands-on project work using the program’s comprehensive simulation kits, and interactive tutorials designed by medical professionals, they are immersed in a medical school-caliber experience and gain tangible medical and surgical skills.

Note: This course is meant for at-home, self-paced study via an online platform. Internet access is required. Login credentials will be sent via email. Students may begin upon receiving their login information following their enrollment and complete the program at their pace within one (1) year. For more information about this program, click here.

Tuition: $895

VETERINARY MEDICINE

Recommended for grades 9-12

Companion Animal Management

Dr. Kristina Perez, Loop Abroad’s full-time Veterinarian Instructor in Thailand, teaches this course that covers the anatomy, physiology, and health management of dogs and cats through a clinical lens.

Broken into 14 modules, the course is designed to give you an understanding of what it’s like to be a veterinarian and the types of cases they see on a daily basis. You will learn about animal behavior and anatomy, wellness visits and preventative care, diseases and emergency conditions by body region, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, and so much more.

You will receive a foundation that will both help you start thinking critically and clinically about companion animal medicine and be useful as you continue to pursue your education and veterinary medicine career.

Tuition: $895

Elephant Medicine and Management

Led by Dr. Erica Ward, an elephant veterinarian, Head Veterinarian at Loop Abroad, and an adjunct professor at the University of Findlay in Ohio, this course was created to share what she has learned working with these lovable large animals and help promote the welfare and conversation of elephants around the globe.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about their history and management, their unique physiology and anatomy, their behavior and welfare, and their common diseases and medical conditions.

With more than 19 hours of instruction and two guest lectures that cover positive reinforcement training and conservation of elephants, you’ll gain a greater understanding and appreciation for this unique species.

Tuition: $895

Prosthetic Design: Biomedical Engineering in Vet & Human Medicine

Learn how to use engineering principles and design processes to solve health problems for humans and animals alike! During this course, you’ll refine your creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving skills as you develop prosthetic technologies that are so essential to restoring normal anatomical function and quality of life.

Start by studying the foundations of bioengineering, biomechanics, and joint loading. Then apply these principles to understand human and animal prosthetics. Learn directly from the vets, engineers, and doctors who design and build prosthetics every day in their practice – whether it’s a prosthetic leg for an elephant, a 3-D printed beak for a toucan, a wheelchair for a paraplegic dog, or the many prosthetics used by human amputees.

With 20 hours of video lesson instruction and 5 hours of guest lectures discussing prosthetics developed for a range of wildlife, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of topics, including basic principles of biomechanics, joints and motion in bipeds and quadrupeds, gait analysis, and more.

Tuition: $895

Veterinary Spanish 101

Designed for students who are new to Spanish or haven’t had the chance to use the Spanish they learned in school in real life, this course will help you be as confident in your language skills as you are in your passion for helping animals.

With over 46 video lessons, plus online flashcards, listening activities, and worksheets, this course can be completed at your own pace.

Start by studying the foundations of greetings, culture, and Spanish grammar. Then, apply these principles right away as you practice your listening skills! The course includes video conversations between veterinarians and clients for you to listen to and practice understanding the grammar, vocabulary, and professionalism that would be expected of you in a veterinary clinic.

This course serves to remind animal-loving students of the importance of language and culture in the global mission to help animals from pets to strays to wildlife and is designed to connect you to cultural perspectives and experiences you may not have at home.

Tuition: $895