Transformer: VR headsets and a 3D printer

We are a small group of schools in East Merton wanting to make a big difference for our children

Transformer: VR headsets and a 3D printer
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Completion Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018


Number of students that will benefit: 100 - 1000

Age of students: 8 - 18

Percentage eligible for free school meals: over 40%


Mitcham Town Community Trust is a schools cooperative whose membership covers 8 primaries, 2 special schools and a secondary academy. Our flagship projects include SHINE Saturday School for disadvantaged pupils, teacher Innovation Hub and after school study support provision.

What do you want?

We'd love to increase our tech, so pupils can learn in creative ways!

Initially, we're focusing on VR headsets and a 3D printer. We're also like to organise a Discovery Fair where our SHINE students can experience all the tech products that are out there...

Who is this for?

This is for our flagship project SHINE on Saturdays, and for students of all our partner schools to use across subjects - primarily English, Maths and IT.

Why do you want it?

We've used tech in the past, and the pupils loved it. Our students respond well to new technology: it motivates them to learn. We've used VR headsets, 3D printing and coding equipment in one-off taster sessions before, and they were all very well-received. We find that VR sets are a great learning tool and offer unique 3D learning experience and spark creativity. We have also piloted 1:1 learning with iPads in one school, and the progress results in literacy were fantastic! The Year 6 class using the tablets as reading and learning tools exceed their academic scores - and Ofsted were impressed too.

We want the pupils to use the products they love, across the curriculum - again. We'd like to scale up and offer more children access to similar learning tools that enable rapid progress. For example, our SHINE Saturday school uses a creative curriculum to teach key subjects. Design Technology is one main medium for this. So, we'd love to have a 3D printer to encourage the pupils in their creative writing. If they're writing a story about a person with special powers, they can create the figure, too! Having an object they've created will spark their imagination...

We want our teachers to teach the best lessons possible. If we get the funds for the Discovery Fair, not only will the pupils get to try out the latest tech, but our teachers will learn how best to use it! Using an iPad at home is very different from using it to maximise children's learning, and we want to ensure our teachers use our tech to the best of their abilities.


If we raise our minimum target, we will buy:

1X Lightweight VR with controller @ £24.98 each

1x USB Charging Station @ £16.99

Subtotal: £42.95

Credit card fees @ 2%: £0.86

Grand total: £43.81

If we raise more, we will buy:

Virtual reality headsets:

3D Printer:

iPad + case = £330.54

Discovery Fair: £400 for a half day

Sub total = £1,347.10

+ credit card fees (2%) = £26.94

Grand total = £1,374.04

If we overfund, we would like to purchase:

More iPads!

An IRIS technology kit that would be shared between our projects and schools.


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