30th September 2016
Writing: Matt Francis (Year 9)
Editing: Henry Franks (Year 11)
As part of their new national initiative, a member of the Google For Education team visited the school to allow students in all years to have the amazing opportunity to try out virtual reality in the form of Google Expeditions. All students in Years 8 and 9 got to try it out, as well as various other classes. The students all came from different lessons, which affected the subject of the expedition. For our class, the expedition was to California, tying in with English, in which we are studying 'Of Mice and Men', which is set in California. Other classes went to different places, such as Machu Picchu, the Palace of Versailles, Jordan and Angel Falls.
Exploring Machu Picchu, Peru
We arrived at the hall where it was buzzing with excitement, but first we had a excruciating wait for other students to finish their experience. As soon as we were allowed, every student rushed to pick up the viewfinders, pieces of folded carboard with a slot at the font to fit a phone and a pair of lenses to look through, and hold them to their eyes. As we moved our heads, the phones' accelerometers reflected that, moving the image to create an immersive 3D environment in which to explore, almost as if we were there ourselves.Buy Google Carboard
What we saw was amazing; we were fully immersed in the California countryside, visiting the many national parks and tourist attractions. After that, we travelled beyond the confines of our atmosphere, and were able to look back down at the Earth, just like a real astronaut would. We then went inside the Human body and down into the stomach, followed by the heart. The leader of the expedition could point out different things for us too look at with the help of Google Maps.
Overall, it was an amazing experience and we look forward to what the future holds.