The UK’s first dedicated school Virtual Reality suite will be launched in Banbury by Victoria Prentis MP

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Pupils and staff at Banbury Aspirations Campus will pioneer Virtual Reality (VR) projects in a permanent Virtual Reality suite – the first of its kind in the UK – launched on 10 February 2017.

Photocall with Victoria Prentis and live VR demonstrations for press: 11.00 am – 12.00 noon on 10 February 2017 in the Virtual Reality suite, Space Studio, Banbury Aspirations Campus, Ruskin Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 9HY.

The VR suite, using room-scale HTC Vive technology, is a creative collaboration between Banbury Aspirations Campus and local software company Playko. Together they aim to involve everyone in shaping the future using emerging VR technology.

Playko director Yin Chien Yeap, whose children attend Banbury Academy, says: “Playko is exploring commercial uses for Virtual Reality in aviation, architecture and entertainment. This permanent VR facility is already allowing the sixth-form computer science students to turn their ideas into reality, and I can’t wait to see what VR experiences all the staff and students will create”.

Abi Turkmore, Head of Drama at Banbury Academy commented: “By using the Virtual Reality suite, our drama pupils will be able to explore a range of historic theatres and locations in a new and exciting way, complementing the trips we make to see live theatre, but also helping the pupils visualize and understand the original performance context of theatre featured in exams.”

Sylvia Thomas, campus principal, says: “From humanities to science and arts, languages to sports, VR offers new ways to learn. We are very excited to see how pupils and staff will be able to use the new Virtual Reality suite to interact and create, enriching their school experience.”


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