In the Footsteps of History Partners with Ultisim to TransformHistory and Social Studies Education Through Virtual Reality

Chapel Hill, NC (July 14, 2023) –  In the Footsteps of History, a pioneer in providing uniquely immersive educational experiences that allow students to recreate the voyages of history’s greatest explorers, has partnered with Ultisim, a leader in hardware and software integration to build immersive 3D simulation and Digital Twin environments.

The partnership will leverage the key capabilities of both companies to deliver education advancements for secondary students in history and social studies. Ultisim’s 20-year track record creating Digital Twins, gaming, and 3D simulation learning will amplify and bring to virtual life the journeys of famous explorers highlighted in the immersive lessons offered by In the Footsteps of History.

Ultisim is lead technical partner for In the Footsteps of History, a tech-forward social studies enrichment program that teaches through the excitement of exploration and adventure. Comprising a unique mix of documentary quality videos, web-based 3D games, and cutting-edge simulations.

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 In the Footsteps of History’s Journeys of discovery usher in a whole new era for the social studies classroom. From the West African Gold/Salt Trading routes, to the legendary Silk Road or living among the Inuit in the Arctic Circle, scaffolded lessons are designed to build knowledge, expand world views and foster respect for other cultures. With outstanding reviews for higher engagement, improved visualization, and elevated critical thinking, In the Footsteps of History fills a much-needed role in an often challenging subject to teach.

“The power of technology to provide students with opportunities to visit places that they would not otherwise be able to is truly impressive,” says explorer Denis Belliveau, CEO, and Founder of In the Footsteps of History. “We are incredibly proud to have partnered with market experts Ultisim, whose ability to bring these historical recreations to life is truly unparalleled,” said Belliveau. “What a gift this is to education.”

Creative and powerful raconteurs in their own right, Ultisim’s scalable, future-proof technology meets schools where they are with device-agnostic, seamless access for even bandwidth-constrained environments. Such equitable access offers students of all incomes and backgrounds the opportunity to go back and experience history first-hand.

“Partnering with In the Footsteps of History is an exciting opportunity to combine our storytelling, immersive media, and simulation skills with a remarkably foresighted and groundbreaking company – for the benefit of students across the country,” said Richard Boyd, CEO, Ultisim.

In the Footsteps of History was formally introduced at the recent ISTELive. The debut will also feature their new collaboration with Global Edtech Leader SMART’s interactive digital learning tool Lumio , where dozens of free In the Footsteps of History lessons are being offered as a new resource category on this collaborative and interactive game-based platform.

Boyd is the co-founder of Ultisim. He is a tech entrepreneur and expert on ai, machine learning, virtual worlds, computer gaming, and human/computer interfaces. Boyd was previously involved in creating several pioneering computer gaming companies including Red Storm

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About In the Footsteps of History
In the Footsteps of History is a tech-forward social studies enrichment program comprising 3D gaming, activities, and optional VR delivered through beautifully crafted modules that enrich any World History, Global Studies, Economics, Geography, or Ancient History curriculum. For demos and free trials, visit

About Ultisim
Ultisim was formed to bring together a unique combination of leading-edge gaming technology, simulation, and artificial intelligence expertise.  Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Company was founded by executives from Lockheed Martin and IBM with deep backgrounds in computer gaming, integrating hardware and software to build fully immersive 3D simulation experiences that solve real-world problems. Ultisim will move the industry from two-dimensional, static data to interactive, three dimensional, real-time data visualization, analytics and simulation learning that will create opportunities for new types of business collaboration empowered by augmented and virtual reality. Visit

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