Good virtual reality (VR) requires careful optimisation and thoughtful development. Developers need to understand that working with VR is very different than creating traditional videogames. While teams today are just getting to grips with this, UK-based technology education provider, FunTech, will soon start teaching these facts to the developers of tomorrow. The company has recently announced a brand new coding summer camp for children that will teach them to work with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Starting in August 2015, FunTech will run five-day ‘Game Pro VR’ camps that focus on the Oculus Rift. Children will learn how to develop for the HMD using the popular Unity engine, adding more complex elements to their own titles that will be developed throughout the course of the week. Topics will include user interface (UI) design, head-tracking, spawn points, textures and more. The final day will even give students the chance to showcase their work to their parents.
“We are the first in the UK to offer Game Pro Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift and Drone Coder camps,” said FunTech Managing Partner, Sheineez Barber. “This is a real coup for children and teenagers as well as FunTech. Put simply, for kids and teenagers these two particular camps have real curb appeal. Weaving together the latest technology with what is popular right now is a magic combination for engaging children’s minds and imagination.
“And, parents can rest assured that although our courses are a lot of fun there is a more serious educational element to them too. It’s just disguised. Children and teenagers who attend our camps come away with a solid understanding of the coding and programming they are using, and how to apply their new found knowledge.”
Courses will take place throughout August in Tonbridge, Richmond and Maidenhead and cost £575 GBP to attend. Those interested can find out more through an official website. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-related news, reporting back with the latest updates.