Optus brings latest in virtual, augmented reality to Orange Public School


Students from Orange Public School got a taste of the future this week as they participated in the ‘On the Road with Optus’ roadshow featuring virtual and augmented reality workshops in partnership with Think Digital.

Located onboard a hi-tech, 14-metre-long coach, more than 80 students at the school were taken through immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences relevant to their current curriculum and covering topics including space, sustainability, history and geography to engage, educate and inspire students.

Tom O’Dea, Optus’ Territory Manager for Central West New South Wales, said he was thrilled to bring the roadshow to Orange Public School to give students in Grades 3 to 6 the opportunity to experience virtual and augmented reality technologies first hand.

“The ‘On the Road with Optus’ roadshow enables regional schools to experience the latest in thought leadership and technologies through interactive, in-school workshops led by trained facilitators,” O’Dea said.

“It is a privilege to partner with Think Digital for the roadshow, as they are renowned for creating immersive experiences using virtual and augmented reality to engage, educate and inspire a range of audiences.”

“I am hugely passionate about empowering students to be digitally educated and confident; ensuring they understand how they can shape their future for the better. The ‘On the Road with Optus’ roadshow and the interactive sessions involved are key to enhancing student’s digital literacy,” O’Dea added.

Orange Public School Principal Brad Tom said, “We have been delighted to be involved with the ‘On the Road with Optus’ virtual and augmented reality roadshow.”

“I would like to commend the team for their engaging interaction with our school and children and thank the whole team for providing such an outstanding resource to regional children. Truly inspiring,” Tom added.

The ‘On the Road with Optus’ roadshow is a continuation of Optus’ recent work in March where STEM training was provided to over 1,000 Grade 6 students in various public schools across regional New South Wales; demonstrating an approach to learning that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Optus empowers the next generation to learn, achieve their potential and enjoy a bright future. The ‘On the Road with Optus’ roadshow in partnership with Think Digital will take place across two weeks, visiting Grade 3 to 6 students in Mudgee, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Yass, Parkes and Mendooran.

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