Amount Funded: $672.00
Our project is designed to strengthen the sense of community between the emotionally disturbed students in our Counseling Enriched Special Day Class and our school, previous/future graduates, and the Hayward community. Most of my students have been traumatized in their homes and/or the community and have anxiety around engaging with peers, school staff and community members outside of their immediate caregivers. Most experience anxiety around going into public, using public transportation, getting a driver's license, going to college, and getting employed. We plan to use VR simulations and a series of photo exhibits to facilitate positive interactions between students and their environment couched in the safety of school and therapeutic support. We hope to use the Oculus Go for VR simulations such as driving, working in public, using public transportation, and engaging with the community in general from the safe supported place. In addition, we plan to use our cameras and our drone to take photos of special projects on campus, events in the community, and captivating scenes in preparation for exhibits for the school and community, as well as to create and present a school-wide slideshow. Our goals are centered around helping our students overcome their anxiety around engaging with and interacting with people. Through the use of the Oculus Go, we hope to increase their willingness to engage with peers, school staff, and the community via a series of simulation activities from the safety of our counseling enriched classroom. The VR experiences will target areas of need individualized to each student through IEP goals, such as getting a driver's license, job interviewing, and enjoying public experiences. Through the use of the cameras, we plan to use expressed interest in photography to facilitate positive interactions with the school community and the local community through our photo exhibitions and a school-wide slideshow we plan to host during our lunch. Again, creating structured, school supported experiences through which our students have positive interactions with people they don't know well. Our goal with our new drone, is to expand our drone flying program to the outdoor world. We plan to use our drone for unique photography inside and outside as well as to deepen their understanding of FAA rules as they apply to outdoor flying and drone-related career pathways.