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Mr. Foster from East Boston MA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

VR Deployment!

My students need an Oculus Rift to test the VR apps they write in Unity. We have access to a loaned Oculus through a grant, but its availability is irregular.

  • $499 goal

This project expired on May 25, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

East Boston High Computer Science students have a tradition of making the most out of limited resources. The first computers used in Computer Science classes were assembled from parts scavenged by students from various old, unused classroom computers. Today we work in a menagerie of old machines and operating systems, but students are able to take AP Computer Science, Honors CSC, and Computer Graphics courses.

Eastie students are a resourceful and motivated bunch, but we have started to reach the limits of what we can do with our ancient hardware.

We have at least five types of (very old) notebooks and mac books running a variety of linux flavors, and several versions of windows. With these machines our students have programmed in Java, JavaScript, C#, Python, Processing, and Unity.

Recently we gained access to an Oculus Rift and we had to scramble to come up with enough machines for the students (working in groups, bringing in their own machines, etc.) to develop VR apps in Unity and test and modify on the VR machine. To my knowledge we were the only class participating in this loan program to actually write software for the oculus, rather than simply use provided software.

My Project

Thanks to other generous donors we have started to build a VR program here at Eastie. We have obtained (some) computers for development in Unity, and now would like to give the students more consistent access to a VR headset to test and improve their Apps.

With a loaner headset and a hodgepodge of older computers we were able to create numerous VR apps in a three week "pilot;" now we would like to provide more consistent access to the tools needed to take this to the next level.

This technology has the potential to engage students who might otherwise not feel interested in Computer Science.

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

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oculus - Rift + Touch Virtual Reality Headset Bundle for Compatible Windows PCs • Best Buy Education $388.31 1 $388.31

Materials cost

$388.31

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.82

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$424.13

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$74.85

Total project goal

$498.98

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$498.98

1 Donor

-$424.13

Donations toward project cost

-$424.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$74.85

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$0.00

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