A Surrey school has spent more than £500,000 on building a state-of-the-art technology block, installing projectors and interactive features that will allow its pupils to learn at the very cutting edge of modern abilities.
Farnham Heath End School's 21C Technology Wing hosts a range of impressive electronic features, including a GestureTek GroundFX interactive floor projection system and GestureTek Screen Xtreme.
The project has been in gestation since 1997, when it was first mooted by headmaster, David Hoggins, at a presentation evening attended by Chris Woodhead, then the HM Inspector for Schools.
Actual building work has been underway for a year and the facility will be ready when children return for the autumn term. The project's designers say it has been designed to provide "complete immersion in an environment where the children can interact wirelessly on any level."
The GroundFX installation features interactive 2D and 3D visuals with sound. Both GestureTek displays are administered by a wireless mouse and keyboard.
Due to ceiling limitations, the school i using a Sanyo PCL-XM100L (5,000 lumens) LCD projector with a short zoom lens, firing onto a single mirror rig which folds the beam vertically downwards to create a 2.5 metres x 1.9 metres floor image.
Screen Xtreme is addressed by an Optoma EX525ST (2,500 lumens) ultra short-throw projector to provide an 80" image over a distance of under a metre. This enables the projector to be kept close to the wall without casting a shadow by the user.