VR Work Update
As some of you may have seen on my Twitter feed, about 2 months ago I began a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This multi faceted relationship began with a simple conversation. The Museum was interested in working with community partners to design a new way for teens and young adults to experience the museum content and did Wmcat want to help with that. From those conversation have grown internships for Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design students, a VR project for my Wmcat students, and curriculum for me to teach a college level VR class this summer. It’s been wonderful and I cannot stress enough the power of working with partners and getting to know people. On to the update!
As part of our partnership with GRPM, my high school students at Wmcat have set to work on designing their own 5 minute VR experience. Designed to reach their peers and get them excited about museums again, Woodcraft VR casts the player as a young apprentice furniture maker learning how to create handmade furniture during the heyday of the Furniture City (Grand Rapids MI circa 1878). Follow your Mentor’s training and build as many tables and chairs as you can in 5 minutes.
My students and I have hit a solid Alpha state after 8 weeks of work. All the content you see has been programmed, created, or recorded by the students with me lending a helping hand along the way.
The next 2 months will be used polishing the experience in preparation for the local Maker Faire in August. Then it will be on to a special Education category as part of ArtPrize in September and October. There is a lot of work ahead but the game is very fun even in its current state so I believe we are on the right track. Have a look at our early preview footage!