Why It Works

Increase Test Scores & Retention

Studies by The National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Army, and Texas Instruments have found that 3D technology increases test scores by 33% and retention rates by up to 100%.

One study in particular, led by Dr. Anne Bamford of the International Research Agency, found dramatic academic gains in classrooms that used 3D technology. The Learning in Future Education (LiFE) Project studied the effects of 3D technology in education with over 700 students, 47 teachers, and 15 schools in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Sweden.


The children were divided into two groups: 2D classes and 3D classes. Each class was given a pre-test to evaluate their knowledge before learning a concept and a post-test to evaluate what students learned over the course of their instruction.

  • 86% of students in 3D classes improved between their pre-test and post-test, whereas only 52% of students in 2D classes improved
  • Of the children who improved, the children in 3D classes improved twice as much as the children in 2D classes

Four weeks later, the researchers tested the students again to discover how well they had retained the information learned.

  • Students in the 3D classes not only remembered more than their 2D peers, but they also remembered better quality information. They remembered more details about processes and functions than their peers.

Dr. Bamford and her team also studied students’ behavior and communication. In 3D classrooms, before the lesson began, only about 50% of students were paying attention. However, once the 3D video began, 94% of students began paying attention to the lesson. Even after the 3D video had concluded, the number of students paying attention to their teacher increased to 96%.

The rate of students asking questions related to the topic of instruction also increased with the use of 3D.

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Why 3D Works

In Dr. Bamford’s study, 85% of students said they preferred visual learning to auditory learning. “Visual learning improves the pupils’ understanding of functionality, and by seeing the whole of something, children are able to understand the parts,” writes Dr. Bamford. “By rendering the world visually, the children were able to understand greater levels of complexity, as the animations allowed the pupils to see structures and to see how things worked.”