Raised for Local Nonprofits
1622 gifts
Totaling $284,068.37
Match Madness
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1622 gifts
Totaling $284,068.37
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1622 gifts
Totaling $284,068.37

Smoky Hill Education Service Center

Goal: $5,000.00

Specific Need

A certain book series about a magic school bus promised to transport kids to any time, any place, even any size. 

Smoky Hill Education Service Center has recently partnered with Twotrees Technologies out of Wichita to offer virtual reality products, including discount pricing and bundles focused on educational purposes. 

 

This year at Match Madness, SHESC is raising $5,000 to purchase an HP Z VR G2 Backpack system to help serve districts that are not yet able to afford a VR unit or units. The backpack system will be used - under SHESC staff supervision - to help with professional development on VR systems, to demonstrate the possibilities of the system to interested districts, and to host special educational events for students using VR. 

 

Through various free and inexpensive virtual reality programs, students can:

  • Explore the inside of a beating human heart
  • Visit global landmarks in 360 degrees at a click
  • Walk on the moon and beyond! 
  • Create and share 3D virtual art
  • Practice for drivers education (with no risk to street signs and telephone poles!)
  • Learn about chemistry by manipulating simulated subatomic particles
  • Discover history in-person (Hindenburg VR, Chernobyl VR Project) and develop empathy through the humanities (Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience)
  • And much, much more! 

 

Learn more about the products available at go.smokyhill.org/VR. 

 

Mission

"In partnership with school districts, we promote success for learners by providing superior services."

Profile

The Organization:

 

The Smoky Hill Education Service Center was organized July 1, 1990. It is a consortium of more than 50 school districts in a 25-county area, formed to cooperatively provide an array of educational services to its participating members in a more cost-efficient and beneficial manner.


The Clientele:

 

Smoky Hill Education Service Center provides staff development and services to more than 2,700 teachers and administrators. Increased teacher knowledge and skills benefits more than 31,000 students.

 

The Benefits:

  1. Providing ongoing, quality, outcome directed staff development in a wide variety of areas.
  2. Saving organizations money through a cooperative volume purchasing program.
  3. Offering consultation and services in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, and school improvement.
  4. Offering cooperative, cost-efficient methods for obtaining services that are too difficult or expensive to support individually.

Photos & Videos

Demo of "Sharecare You" and "Google Earth VR" on an HP Z VR Backpack Workstation.
Information about the HP Z VR Backpack G2 and HP Reverb VR Bundle
Information about the HP Z VR Backpack G2 and HP Reverb VR Bundle
Information about the Google Expeditions VR Kit bundles
Information about the Google Expeditions VR Kit bundles
$612.58 received
in 8 gifts
12.25%  of  $5,000.00 Goal

Contact

605 E. Crawford St.
Salina KS 67401
Phone: 785-825-9185

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