There is nothing quite like watching kids use VR (Virtual Reality) for the first time. The squeals, laughter, shock and awe it's truly infectious.
Thanks to Jason Riddell from the University of the Sunshine Coast Community Engagement and their support of CoderDojo Sunshine Coast, our ninjas got to take a tour of the technology facilities at USC on the last day of term 3.
At CoderDojo our ninjas are doing all kinds of things from making games in Scratch, building in unity, creating Minecraft mods, programming in python and more. We think it is important to show our ninjas what they can do, the full scope of what they're capable of and where their skills that they are developing can take them.
Jason Riddell took our ninjas on the tour during the last dojo session of term 3 and it was a hit with ninjas and parents alike. Starting off in the engage lab and immerse studio, Jason spoke to the kids about the kinds of research and applications for the technology which spread across a wide variety of disciplines.
What seriously stole the show was the serious games and VR. As a huge majority of our ninjas are building games and want a future in games development and design, it was great not just for the ninjas, but for the parents to hear how the Game design degree is so much more than just traditional video games.
We threw some of our kids into a shark tank (virtual reality of course), soaring across the globe in google earth, into some games like beat saber and of course getting up close and personal with a beating heart.
To wrap it up, Jason took our ninjas through The CAVE2™ which is a unique hybrid of 2D and 3D virtual reality and immersion of which there are only 4 in the whole world. The Cave2 is a room (or cave if you will) that is a 320-degree, immersive, panoramic 3D virtual environment.
While there were a few comments about how great the Cave2 would be for split screen co-op (not entirely inaccurate), the Cave2 is capable of so much more and it was the icing on the cake for an incredibly inspiring morning for our ninjas.
We are so grateful for the opportunities USC Community Engagement has been able to give us to inspire our ninjas and with the Game design degree that USC offer, some of our ninjas might very well be USC students in the not too distant future as are some of our mentors.
Term 4 commences this weekend and there are still spots available at both of our USC and Noosa Dojo's! We do release the waitlist so if the tickets are sold out by the time you register, PLEASE register anyway and keep an eye on your email.