School Pupils go on virtual adventure with Ayrshire College
Ayrshire College visited local primary school with VR headsets and AR technology.
Barassie Primary school pupils took part in a fun filled day of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with Ayrshire College on 13 March 2019.
Primary 1 to 7 pupils enjoyed being taken on a virtual journey starting in shark infested waters, then travelling to the top of Mount Everest, followed by the inside of the Grand Canyon, and ending with a spacewalk on Mars.
After the virtual reality session pupils swapped their headsets for an IPad and ‘magic’ t-shirt that showed them human anatomy using augmented reality. As well as using a Merge Cube to explore the solar system, effectively in the palm of their hand.
Part of the Colleges strategic and digital strategy details incorporating new and innovative technology to support learning and teaching. The College Learning Technologists research and invest in VR, AR and other technology to help engage students, and prepare them for fast paced digital society.
Ged Freel, Head of Business and Computing said about the day “It was fantastic to see all of the pupils engaged with the sessions. The use of technology is changing the way we are teaching courses at College. Visiting schools with our technology resources enables us to demonstrate the new ways people are learning and discovering the world. It is also part of our #ThisAyrshireGirlCan campaign to promote and encourage girls to study and work in the technology industry.
There is a high demand for digital and I.T skilled employees, it is important for young people to use new technology and, themselves discover where it can be applied in society.”
Julie Fleming Depute Head Teacher at Barassie Primary school commented “All of our pupils had a fantastic experience exploring AR and VR. It really made the learning come to life in the classroom. There was a real sense of excitement on the day as many of our pupils had no prior experience of using this technology. ”