Many people in the BVI have never been to places such the Wreck of the RMS Rhone or the salt ponds of Anegada, let alone experiencing a sea turtle swimming over a coral reef. Therefore, the overall aim of the project is to provide people the opportunity to “experience” and reconnect with what the BVIs natural resources have to offer as they are too often overlooked and the services they provide are forgotten.
Many teachers and various organisations have requested ARK to give presentations on subjects such as the importance of coral reefs and mangroves but showing a bunch of pretty photos on a big screen is boring. However, Google Expeditions™ has developed an immersive and collaborative virtual reality (VR) experience using 360 degree imagery that allows one to take a group of people diving over a reef, through a mangrove forest, or just about anywhere in the world, all from the comforts of a classroom.
The concept of the ARK Expedition is to develop various “trips” throughout the BVI that focus on the importance of our natural resources, without leaving the classroom. ARK Expeditions will be carried out primarily at local schools but also by request of any organisation.
Any teacher interested in developing a lesson plan to use VR should contact ARK.
We want to specially thank the HM Governor's Office in the BVI for the grant that made this programme possible.
When we received the grant for our VR kits, AWOL (Art Without Limits) and Island Bags also received funding for their initiatives. So, we put our heads together and came up with an idea we could all collaborate on to make a bigger impact so we came up with:
(RE)-Connect Recycle Environment Art Technology Explore BVI
We ended up with this!
We were delighted to have Governor Jaspert host a prizegiving ceremony in which all kids received some sort of prize for their effort in entering.
To read the press release, click here
And the Grand Prize: