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Malaysian Virtual Field Trips

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Project created from 13 April 2016

Underprivileged kids rarely get a chance to explore the world. Now they can without ever leaving their village. #myvirtualvids

 

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This is a project by Give.my. Our dream is to help kids explore the world even if they can’t afford it. With that in mind, we want to create virtual reality 360 ‘field trip’ videos, so underprivileged kids can enjoy the joys of the world around them without ever leaving their village.

A project by Give.my


Bringing the world to underprivileged children.

We have a strong desire to ensure that all children – our future leaders – receive a holistic learning experience. Not everyone is able to enjoy a full education. Underprivileged children from orphanages, refugee camps and indigenous communities often find themselves left out and left behind in the education system. With virtual reality, we saw a wonderful opportunity to help bridge this gap. The technology is maturing, becoming more affordable and accessible, and has tremendous potential for all sorts of applications and fields. From an educational point of view, virtual reality opens up a whole new way of learning and providing ‘field trips’ is just the start.


We’re all for anything mind-blowing.

Virtual reality. The power to enjoy experiences you would otherwise not normally have. Imagine standing next to the roar of a waterfall. Taking a trip on a helicopter. Riding a rollercoaster in a theme park. Or hanging out with orangutans. All from the comfort of your home.

We want kids to enjoy the experience and let it spark their imagination in a big way.

For most of us, it would be a novelty experience, a nice distraction. But for those who lack the things we often take for granted, like physical mobility or financial means, virtual reality could be their only connection to the big wide world.


What we want to shoot.

We plan to cover a variety of topics that will open the kids’ eyes to the many wonders of the country. We will create 360 videos based on Malaysia’s popular sights, professions, festivals and many other interests. Imagine seeing pewter being crafted in Royal Selangor without ever having to really visit the place. It’s amazing what technology can teach these kids. We intend to make these videos as interesting as possible for the kids. We are planning to have a variety of videos that will have range of topics like culture, a day in the life of a uniformed serviceman, nature, and breath-taking adventures like riding on a helicopter or skydiving. Not to forget some real life scenarios that will touch on societal issues that will teach the kids to always be good.

Giving underprivileged kids a chance to see the many wonders of Malaysia.


The project is more than just films.

To reach out to more people and create awareness, we will also run ten workshops for underprivileged children to experience and discover new things through the use of 360 videos, smartphones and Google Cardboard viewers. We hope to make an impact on 200-400 kids and show them a future that they’ve never imagined for themselves.

Google Cardboards.

While virtual worlds are not the same as a hands-on experience, we hope that our ‘field trip’ videos will greatly enrich the underprivileged children’s education. We hope that our efforts will help widen their worldview and enlarge their vision and ambitions, inspiring them to become a pilot, build a business or even help other kids.

Giving underprivileged kids a reason to smile.


The team.

Virtual Reality Field Trips is a collaborative effort between Give.my (www.give.my) and Girls For Good (www.facebook.com/girlsforgoodkl). Give.my is a crowdfunding platform that raises funds for educational projects by teachers and educators across Malaysia. GFG is a social enterprise that runs workshops in schools, teaching girls creative confidence via human-centered design, building content for educational programs and creating a network of teachers in various parts of the country. The team members consist of Kal Joffres, Fiza Azmi and Tiu Kian Wee: • Kal is a serial entrepreneur and social innovator focusing on leveraging design thinking and technology to solve tough social challenges. • Fiza was a lecturer in UNITEN. She decided to establish GFG to empower girls in learning and succeeding in their lives. Fiza is the perfect partner to collaborate because of her amazing experience working with children across the nation. • Tiu, a former teacher, is currently managing Give.my. He is passionate about improving the educational field in Malaysia.

The people of Give.my: (From left to right) Fiza, Kal & Tiu.

14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Madrasah Darul Tahfiz Sri Al-Ain

  

We were so excited to take our VR Field Trip Programme to the Madrasah Darul Tahfiz Sri Al-Ain. The kids were so excited to go on a 'field trip' to Pulau Ketam. They viewed how people live on an island and played a game where they pretended to be fishermen and their customers. They learned the basic economics of supply and demand, in a simplified way.
Also, a massive thank you to Baitul Bahiyah from Tuanku Bahiyah Residential College. They are an organisation from the University of Malaya that focuses on education. We would not have been able to make it happen without them.
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

Featured on the New Straits Times!

To recap, Give.my has conducted workshops at seven schools for under privileged children throughout the country.
To learn more about our efforts, read about it here:

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/10/182975/virtuous-reality-virtual-field-trips-are-taking-underprivileged-kids-amazing?d=1


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Yayasan LaSallian Kuching

  

Thanks to Yayasan LaSallian Kuching committee, we had the privilege of bringing the children in the center on a virtual field trip to our magnificent skyscraper - Petronas Twin Towers! They were taught interesting facts about the Petronas Twin Towers, plus were given the opportunity to design, earn money and build their own skyscraper!
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrip


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society

 

We are so grateful that we can bring our virtual field trip programme to cancer patients in Sarawak General Hospital and Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. With most of them confined to bed, we are more than happy to bring them for a "Go-Kart Ride”. Check out the fancy sports car they designed too!
Thank you Sarawak Children's Cancer Society for this great opportunity. The smiles on the children’s faces were simply amazing.
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Miri Methodist Children’s Home

   

The children in Miri Methodist Children's Home were so excited when we brought them to see our magnificent Petronas Twin Towers! We taught them interesting facts about the world tallest twin towers, plus we held a scavenger hunt for materials they needed to build their own skyscraper!
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Ten Ringgit Club

    

Last week, the Give.my team was in the Land of Hornbills! Thanks to Ten Ringgit Club, we managed to reach out to the Penan Community in Miri. We brought all the children to our magnificent Petronas Twins Tower!
“Okay children, what did you see?"
“Wow, ada shopping mall!”
“Tingginya!”
“Waa… cantik!”
Their reactions were priceless! Besides that, they also got to be little architects and built their own skyscraper.
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – YTL Learning Center

  

Here is a wrap-up of our workshop for students in YTL Learning Center. Students get to explore the oldest National Park in Sarawak – Bako National Park via the lens of Google Cardboard. It was absolutely exciting to show them wildlife and plants that they’ve never seen before. We made mini rainforest jars too!  
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

VR Updates – Dignity for Children Foundation

   

We took the children in Dignity for Children Foundation to go on a virtual reality field trip to the Land of Hornbills - Sarawak.
We asked teachers what they think about virtual reality field trip. Here are what they said:
"Thank you for putting a smile on our children's face. Your effort has paid off."
"It's something new and I appreciate the creativity."
"It was a great experience."
"Thank you for spending some of your precious time to be with our students."
"The students really enjoyed the activities! Even though they are not Malaysian, they are keen to learn about other races. Really like the way all of you communicate with the students."
"It was a useful activity where students are able to know other parts of Malaysia."
"Children had the opportunity to learn different things."
"Kind and nurturing."
"Fantastic!"
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

Sports Car, Supercar!

We asked children what they want to see in the video:
"Sports Car!"
"Supercar!"
"I want to see Ferrari!"
Hint: Buckle up! We are taking you on a adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious experience. *Screaming
#webecommunity #myvirtualvids #makeithappen #virtualfieldtrips


14 JAN 2017

Coming soon! Wish us luck!

The initial idea behind conducting Virtual Reality Workshop is simple -- we want to allow underprivileged children to see more of the world, without having to go on expensive and time-consuming field trips. We first started with the team's self-purchased mobile phone and Google Cardboard.
But now, the support we have gotten from everyone is amazing -- I still get goosebumps when I think about this.
We have kick-started the project -- the video shooting will start after Raya. Once we have everything ready, we wish to bring this technology to more than 4,000 children across Malaysia. Can't wait!
We have so many people to thank: YES, Samsung, Xiaomi, Google, webe community, Telebort -- you guys are the best.
#webecommunity #makeithappen #myvirtualvids


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