Henrik Hisa, 18, was still in high school when he created metavers to help other students in the biology class. The project “Development of Immersive Metavers Applied to Astrobiology Teaching” won the ISEF (Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair) – third place in the “World Cup” of science competitions – and guaranteed the young man to attend a university in the United States.
While many are trying to figure out what Metavers is, Hisa spent two years researching and developing a project that would increase access to education using high technology. “There was a proposal to introduce tools that would help students in their studies without adding to the classroom experience, adding to the learning process,” explains Hisa.
Under the guidance of Professor Tiago Bode, Hisa created a virtual environment to help BNCC (Base National Comm Curriculum) develop the necessary skills through problems and challenges. It is possible to immerse oneself in the environment and narrative developed by the student with virtual reality glasses.
Two years were devoted to the development of the project. In its first year, Hissa developed the concept and created the virtual environment, and the project was awarded in 2021 by the Fabres (Brazilian Science and Engineering Fair) held annually at the USP (University of S साo Paulo). “After receiving the award at Fabres, I was able to join ISAF for the first time, but due to an epidemic, the fair was literally held.”
The second phase of the project involved the development of a virtual environment. “I used the software for free at all stages, open to use and so on Open source, To show that it is possible to develop a project without obstacles; The school provided computers and virtual reality glasses. ”
With the completion of the project, a new selection was made to participate in the awards and Isef at Mostratech (International Science and Technology Exhibition). “I went personally as one of the delegates to the Brazilian delegation and it was an incredible experience in the partnership of the colleagues and during the presentation.”
The ISEF brought together 1,750 finalists from 63 countries, with Brazil’s Henrik Hisa finishing third. “He was one of the three best players in the world at the fair, representing the Science World Cup, and if there is encouragement, the research produced in Brazil is of high quality,” says Collegio Dante, a professor at Aligheri and evaluates the project. Supervisor, Tiago Bode.
Prior to ISEF, Brazilian students received more than 20 awards for their scientific research, including first place at Fabres and Mostratech, the Federation Award for Best Scientific Pre-Initiation Project in the State of Sओo Paulo, and the award given by the National Youth Science Foundation to the US Consulate.
International awards open doors for universities in the United States. He begins his studies at the University of Minnesota in September of this year. “I am going to do a computer science course, but I want to go back to Brazil and contribute to reducing inequality in the country,” he concludes.