We have set up times to meet with teachers so we can ultimately choose a teacher and a topic to create our environment around. We have also started finalizing the criteria we will use to determine the teacher we are going to work with.
Cant wait until we pick to we can start building in the unreal engine!!!
The Intelligencer was here on Friday 1/20 to take a look at what we do here at the Engineering Academy! Soon I'll update this post with a link to their article. No Julia or Bryan today, so I took it as an opportunity to demonstrate some educational applications already available to us using the HTC Vive.
This week we are meeting with educators of North Penn High School. By the end of the week we hope to decide what teacher(s) we are working with and finalize the type(science, history, english, math, etc.) of simulation we will be developing initially.
I found this huge statue of the Buddha within an art museum application I was checking out. I thought it was pretty neat!
We have gotten a decent amount of responses at this point. Some ideas floating around right now are pretty cool. Some include anatomy, lifeguard skills, tool/lab safety, tours of locations in books, and atomic structures. We have our work cut out for us! We're currently thinking of buying a few Google Cardboards and possibly integrating Google Expeditions into one of our studies. How exciting! Fox News is coming in today to do some peeking around at what we do in the class. It's going to be crazy! But we're ready!
-Harris and Julia
We are very excited to have received responses to our email that we sent out to the teachers that responded to our survey.
We are setting up meeting times with interested teachers so that we can choose a partner that we feel we can work best with.
We are so excited to move forward!
What a day! At 12:00 PM I showed up at the High School to get some work done. I was able to do some much needed maintenance on the lab cart! All of the wires are tied down and neat. And one of the most important additions is the HTC Vive box has been secured, so now when people are using it we don't have to worry about anything flying anywhere if they reach the wire's limits. The response emails were drafted and are ready to be sent on Monday! I can't wait to start meeting with the teachers and planning out our study.
We watched the launch of Spacex's Iridium-1 mission. It was amazing! (If you have a chance you should totally check it out!)
After a week of preparation for the London Selection Presentation, we have been informed we are not one of the teams going. :( As much as we would have loved to go, we know that the teams who have been selected are going to do great and we are so happy for them. Cheers to NAS TEK, Innovo, and Nano Energy Technologies! You'll all do amazing! (And make sure to take some pictures for us!) On a more EVRT related note, we finally have the time to go over our whopping 37 responses to the survey! As you can see by the graph, 89% of the teachers are interesting in collaborating. We couldn't thank the teachers enough for taking the time to fill this out. We currently are in the process of writing replies to all of the teachers. Tune in again sometime soon to see where we are at next!
We hit the ground running as we got back from the much needed break. Refreshed and ready to tackle the many problems and goals we set for ourself. Today we sent out a survey to the teachers at North Penn High School to try to find a partner to team up with so that we can create an enviroment to help them teach a concept.
Update: We are very excited that we recieved 11 responses to the survey in the first hour. Lots of great opportunities!
Over the past couple of days the team has been working very hard to meet our goal of creating an environment that we can walk around in by tomorrow. We have made so many strides. We have put our own custom parts including a desk and a pencil. We are now currently trying to get things to interact with each other. Harris built a house that looked very cozy and then proceeded to put the table we made inside the house. I then finished up a pencil and placed it on the table. (I was way to excited about that.) Anyways, we will update soon with more information about our environments we're making.
The HTC Vive has been fully operational for several weeks. We have all been in awe of this incredible technology. Our days have been filled with modelling 3D objects and crafting virtual environments. The goal we are moving towards is the completion of a classroom environment akin to our very own research laboratory, H003. Soon it will be possible to interact with objects in our virtual world. After all, what is learning without interactivity?
The base stations help the computer track our location in our virtual environment. Without them we would not be able to walk around! Whats VR without moving around? Boring!