Number of students that will benefit: 50 - 1,000!
Age of students: 11 - 18
Percentage eligible for free school meals: 8%
We're a secondary school based in Hitchin, with students ranging from ages 11 to 18. At KS3 we offer 3 hours of Computing per 2 weeks; at KS4 we offer Computer Science and Creative ICT; and at KS5 we offer A-Level Computer Science.
What do we want?
We're looking to purchase a leading VR headset and equipment to allow students learning A-Level Computer Science to build games and materials for VR. The equipment will also be used by students in our after-school Coding & Raspberry Pi club.
Who is this for?
Over the past couple of years, students have become very enthusiastic with Computing at the Priory. Last year, we started our first A-Level Computer Science group, and now some of these students want to continue their studies at university. We're also very lucky to have 3 hours of Computing lessons for Year 7, 8 and 9, allowing us to teach topics including CyberSecurity, App Development and Artificial Intelligence!
Why do we want it?
Students need to be immersed in new technology to see it in action and gain valuable experience that they wouldn't otherwise get. Our A-Level students would like to create resources for VR, something that is likely to explode in popularity over the next few years, but we have nothing to be able to test their creations on. Our club members (from all year groups) would love to experience proper VR for the first time as this will inspire them to make their own content and learn more about the specifications of the hardware.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
- 1 x HTC VIVE @ £498 - https://www.scan.co.uk/products/htc-vive-virtual-reality-headset-with-2-wireless-controllers-plus-movement-sensors-the-ultimate-vr-g
- 1 x Graphics Card @ £201 - https://www.scan.co.uk/products/zotac-geforce-gtx-1060-mini-itx-3gb-gddr5-vr-ready-graphics-card-1152-core-1506mhz-gpu-1708mhz-boost
Total = £699 (incl VAT & delivery)
If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy a computer to power the HTC Vive, or additional equipment to support the VIVE in the classroom such as a TV for other students to see the current view of the user.
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