Whale, Bear With Us.

Ijeoma M. , Destiny F. , Sulma M. , Andrea P. , Heaven H.

We are giving people a chance to become part of the beauty and potential the Arctic has to offer. As the Arctic inhabits over 3000 different species, we chose to focus solely on the whales and polar bears, a species rapidly plummeting towards extinction, because of human disruption. Because of our impact on the Earth’s climate, food sources and shelters have become limited to these species.

The arctic sea ice, has been tremendously decreasing over the course of three decades. According to NASA, 13.4 percent of the ice has been disappearing in the sea because of global warming; therefore, most of the arctic is losing its natural, cold beauty. The problem is that the many of the fossil fuels burned pushes the greenhouse to warm our planet's surface 1 F each year. We are trying to stunt the growth of our planet’s greenhouse. In addition, the Arctic’s inhabitants are becoming endangered due to this event.

We are giving people a chance to become part of the beauty and potential the Arctic has to offer. As the Arctic inhabits over 3000 different species, we chose to focus solely on the whales and polar bears, a species rapidly plummeting towards extinction, because of human disruption. Because of our impact on the Earth’s climate, food sources and shelters have become limited to these species.
We have utilized Unity, a program engine based around C#, to create our scenarios. However, we modified the code to fit our needs, such as inserting specific code for underwater. On the same note, our recent experience with Google Cardboard virtual reality was fascinating, and decided to use the software to make the experience more genuine for the audience, challenging ourselves in the process.

If we had more time, we would focus on the details in our scenario and more user interaction in the program itself. In addition, to the user interface, we would like to use the rendering tool on the google cardboard to help point out messages towards the user. We also had to go into the code, in Unity engine and modify it according to our scenario and displaying our scenario on google cardboard. We had to do major research on the type of programs and code necessary to complete our task. In the end, we were able to find an app to help display our code, while figuring out a code to display our Arctic scenario.

When we displayed our virtual reality demo to most of our classmates, most of the reactions were sympathy towards the polar bears and whales. One person stated, "Oh, that is really sad." If we can evoke such emotion in our demo, it will help raise awareness and motivate others to help preserve the Arctic's landscape and inhabitants.

Hello! We are GWC V-R Squad from the Disney site! We are a dedicated group of young ladies intrigued by virtual reality! We are a mixture of rising seniors and juniors.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Disney.