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Mr. Castro from Bayside NY is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Virtual Reality to Internet of Things

Help me give my students a high powered computer, an Oculus Rift, an Oculus Quest 2 and 30 Raspberry Pi with Grove System in order to explore virtual reality and Internet of Things.

  • $9,019 goal

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My Students

Students come to us with such curiosity as to what it means to program a computer. Over the course of four years, some students become the hard core 10,000 line coders, others focus more on design and try to imagine new ways to infuse technology into our lives, while others find that though they like computers this is not the field for them. Regardless of what route a student takes, they all leave with a foundation and appreciation for computer science. Sometimes students write back that something they learned in a computer class has helped them out in college or that they have decided to pursue some aspect of computer science or information systems because of their experiences in high school.

My Project

In the area of Internet of Things, the Raspberry Pi and Grove kits will enhance our classroom instruction by reducing the group size from three students per kit down to two while still maintaining separate kits in the Innovation Lab for special projects. An example of one possible special project between our CS and Engineering students is to create a 3D scanning station using an array of connected Raspberry Pis with cameras that could capture a 3D model which could then be printed on one of the Environmental Engineering CTE’s 3D printers.

The allure of Virtual & Augmented Reality cannot be understated.

The application of these two technologies beyond video games amazes our students. An Innovation Lab equipped with a powerful computer and an Oculus Rift S will allow students to explore Virtual & Augmented Reality.

In addition to our CS students, the 3D modeling aspect of Virtual & Augmented Reality can serve to inspire our Digital Art and Design students to explore careers in these fields.

During this historic school year of social distancing and remote learning we will attempt to empower students by mailing or picking up at the school, Internet of Things kits which include the Raspberry Pi along with additional components from our school stock. In a similar fashion we will attempt to distribute the Google Cardboard VR Headsets which will allow students to explore and learn how to create immersive Virtual Reality environments. We will have a small group of students attending in person learning at the school. These students will have the benefit of exploring the other resources in PwC Innovation Lab project.

Mr. Castro
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (8GB RAM) • Amazon Business $94.99 20 $1,899.80
CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC, Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD, WiFi Ready & Win 10 Home (SLC8260A2, Black) • Amazon Business $1,399.99 1 $1,399.99
Vilros Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Starter Kit with Official Case (Red/White) (2GB) • Amazon Business $62.99 20 $1,259.80
Seeed Studio Grove Base Hat Support Raspberry 2/3 B/B+ Zero Build-in MCU STM32 12-bit 8-Channel ADC with Analog/PWM/Digital/Analog/I2C/UART/SWD Grove Port 3.3V • Amazon Business $15.95 30 $478.50
Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset • Amazon Business $399.00 1 $399.00
Vuze XR Dual 2D 360 Degree and 3D VR180 Degree 5.7K Camera w/ 128GB SD Card & Koah Kanguru 12in Flexible Waterproof Bluetooth Tripod (3 Items) • Amazon Business $399.00 1 $399.00
Vuze XR 4K 3D Dual VR 360 Camera with Deco Gear 4-Piece Virtual Reality Kit, 360-Degree Camera, Type-C Charge Sync Cable, 32GB Class 10 SD Memory Card, 8000 mAh Powerbank, VR Goggles (Black) • Amazon Business $399.00 1 $399.00
Oculus Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 256 GB • Amazon Business $399.00 1 $399.00
SunFounder 37 Modules Sensor Kit V2.0 for Raspberry Pi 4B 3 Model B+ 3B 2B B+ A+ Zero, GPIO Extension Board Jump Wires • Amazon Business $95.99 2 $191.98
Google Cardboard,Topmaxions 3D VR Virtual Reality DIY VR Headset for 3D Movies and Games Compatible with Android & Apple Up to 6 Inch Easy Setup Machine • Amazon Business $5.99 30 $179.70
Seeed Studio Grove Base Hat Support Raspberry 2/3 B/B+ Zero Build-in MCU STM32 12-bit 8-Channel ADC with Analog/PWM/Digital/Analog/I2C/UART/SWD Grove Port 3.3V • Amazon Business $15.95 10 $159.50
Sphero RVR: All-Terrain Programmable Coding Robot with Customizable Hardware Platform - STEM Educational Robot for Beginners, Builders & Hackers - Micro:bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi Compatible • Amazon Business $159.42 1 $159.42
SunFounder Raspberry Pi Display 13.3 Inch IPS Portable 2 HDMI Monitor 1920x1080 Gaming Monitor for Ps4 Raspberry Pi WiiU Xbox 360 Windows 7/8/10 • Amazon Business $139.99 1 $139.99
j5create - USB HD Webcam with 360 Rotation - Black • Best Buy Education $40.23 1 $40.23

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