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£1,245
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 1 2013 6:14 AM UTC +00:00

About

It is one thing to read about what has transpired 100 years ago, and it is another thing to actually experience it. We have been working with educationalists in the UK and worldwide in order to create a PC based immersive 3D learning platform that conveys not just the facts, but an educational journey that takes education to a whole new level.

Please have a look at the video above showing the impact of our existing PC-based 3D platform. We are under this project trying to convert the WW1 Trench to a web-based, multi-platform, and stereoscopic 3D version and revamping the graphics and the whole experience.
Our aim is for 3D technologies to be readily available online to students worldwide. Using Kickstarter as a platform, this is the first time we are distributing our 3D content across the internet – we want everyone to have a taste of 21st Century education and how learning can be fun!

Over 18 million people have lost their lives in the first major armed conflict after the industrial revolution. Being the mother of many technological and socioeconomic reforms, WW1 was directly responsible for great advances in aviation, naval and subterranean transport, and wireless communications. It also caused drastic changes to the structure of western societies, altered traditional family roles, and permanently reformed the map of Europe.

Now, approaching 100 year centenary Commemoration after the war, the events that have transpired during, and due to the Great War are being slowly erased from our memory and gradually fading away into the passage of time.

Our vision is to capture, preserve, and communicate those memories within a realistic virtual environment that will allow people to truly experience the reality of the Great War.

As part of the Commemoration for the First World War Centenary, we want to create a serious online gaming platform available for students worldwide, allowing them to learn about those events that have permanently transformed our way of life, teaching us lessons we cannot afford to forget.

This will be a multisensory platform, making use of all the latest technology including 3D stereoscopic support. The WW1 Virtual Trench aims to immerse youngsters in a representation of 1914 France where they can join the trench warfare alongside historical heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Being able to watch, listen, and actively interact with the learning content, the students find themselves immersed within a world where learning is intriguing, fun, and engaging.

Wandering through the narrow trench corridors, under the sounds of constant gunfire, the user must interact with various key objects, engage in conversations with the characters, and solve educational puzzles, as they progressively move deeper into the environment and discover the history and the repercussions of the Great War.

Our greatest value is to encourage students and teachers to actively manage their own learning and content. Working towards a fully customisable platform, we aim to inspire the player to create and bring in their own content. From actively transforming the environment by adding poems, paintings, to importing audio-visual files and lending their voices to the characters, the whole classroom can take a journey in to the past, where the learning content can be truly experienced rather than be taught!

From the grim living conditions, to the acts of genuine valour and love for human life that emerge even during the bleakest of times, WW1 has taught us lessons about the limits of the human mind and psyche. Who and what a country is today is informed by the past. Remembrance helps us to learn from our shared past, and shape the foundations of a better future.

Our vision of re-enacting the Great War via a widely accessible web-based VR environment has required a lot of time and effort from our talented team of artists and developers. Even though, a big portion of the development has already been carried out, there is a lot that remains to be done in order for us to deliver a truly realistic educational simulation. However, a big part of our expenses will also come from funding servers that are powerful enough to host our learning platform.

Our enthusiasm to make education accessible to every child in the world is the vision that drives us forward. We would value your input as a justification of our cause and a necessary input for the realisation of our vision!

Your pledge will not only aid us, but will also help stimulate education and technological innovation in places you would least expect it.

07/06/2013 - Now adding animation!

We have now started putting animated characters in the environment.
Watch the video above for an early version of our first animated characters;
The Mortar Crew!

01/06/2013

The video below shows our WW1 Virtual Trench at an early stage of production. This computer-based version features static characters, and objects with very limited usability.

Our team of artists have been polishing this basic version so that it will meet the standards of modern gaming. 

With your support we hope to bring this on a whole new level by adding animated characters, interactive objects, improved sounds and voice acting, as well as to convert it to a web-based platform so that it can be easily accessible by everyone, everywhere! 




Gaia3D is a UK-based team of artists, developers, animators, bonded together by our vision to re-invent the process of teaching and learning. We are committed through the use of a serious gaming educational platform to providing a truly immersive educational experience.

Spanning all areas of the curriculum, our environments draw the students in an exciting educational journey where they can visualise, listen, and actively interact with the learning content, therefore learn through observation and investigation rather than instruction.

“When I think of Gaia, I think of students and teachers, stimulated to rediscover the joys of teaching and learning“
Dr Stephen Appea, Principal, Dr Rose B. English School, Brooklyn, NY

“The 3D environments that students can visit inspire them to want to learn more for themselves, surely the truest form of education.”
Dr. Simon Hulme, Headteacher, St Michael’s Church of England High School, UK

• “Students are all engaged and excited to be learning, therefore they are much more likely to recall and retain information and that is what teaching is all about,”Michael Murphy, Head of Humanities Faculty, Shelfield Community Academy, UK

• “Learning becomes even more fun and as we all know we achieve our best when we are enjoying ourselves.”
Tony Andrews, Acting Headteacher, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, UK 

Our aim is for 3D technologies to be readily available online to students worldwide. With the assistance of Kickstarter we hope to achieve our aims. This is the first time we are making our 3D content available across the internet – we want everyone to have a taste of 21st Century education and experience how learning can be fun!

We are in the business of creating Worlds. Come Explore.

Risks and challenges

There are budget, time, and feature implementation risks associated with every project.

All members of the team are highly experienced working on visual learning projects and know the methods to best anticipate and handle these challenges.

The Gaia 3D team has so far been able to avoid these pitfalls via focused goals, a realistic development schedule, and a high priority on project management.

For a product of this nature, it's tempting to keep adding content. We promise to not only release a great virtual environment, but to release a great virtual environment on time.

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    PRIVATE - BRONZE TIER

    Thanks for your contribution! You have our infinite gratitude.

    Your contribution allows us to bring the WW1 Virtual Trench to reality.

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    LANCE CORPORAL - BRONZE TIER

    You will receive a Basic version of our WW1 Virtual Trench. This will grant you a visitor's access to the trenches.

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    CORPORAL - BRONZE TIER

    You will receive a Premium version of our WW1 Virtual Trench, with the Customisation facility and the ability to include your own content!

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    SERGEANT - BRONZE TIER

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    + PLUS early access to the BETA version of the trench. Help us shape our environment!

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    STAFF SERGEANT - BRONZE TIER

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    + PLUS 1 High Resolution Digital Wallpaper of our WW1 environment

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    LIEUTENANT - SILVER TIER

    You will receive all the items from the BRONZE TIER (Staff Sergeant).

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to ONE school, museum, or other organisation of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    CAPTAIN - SILVER TIER

    You will receive all the items from the BRONZE TIER (Staff Sergeant).

    + PLUS a deluxe High-Resolution digital Artbook.

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to ONE school, museum, or other organisation of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    MAJOR - SILVER TIER

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    + PLUS a High-Resolution digital Artbook.

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    LIEUTENANT COLONEL - SILVER TIER

    You will receive all the items from the BRONZE TIER (Staff Sergeant).

    + PLUS a High-Resolution digital Artbook.

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    COLONEL - SILVER TIER

    You will receive all the items from the BRONZE TIER (Staff Sergeant).

    + PLUS a High-Resolution digital Artbook.

    + PLUS 1 deluxe edition digital copy of our 3D Worlds limited edition book, signed by the Gaia 3D artists.

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to FOUR schools, museums, or other organisations of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    BRIGADIER GENERAL - SILVER TIER

    You will receive all the items from the BRONZE TIER (Staff Sergeant).

    + PLUS a High-Resolution digital Artbook.

    + PLUS 1 deluxe edition digital copy of our 3D Worlds limited edition book, signed by the Gaia 3D artists.

    + PLUS Your Name in our online ‘Hall of Fame’

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to FIVE schools, museums, or other organisations of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    MAJOR GENERAL - GOLD TIER

    You will receive all the items from the SILVER TIER (BRIGADIER GENERAL).

    + PLUS 1 piece of original, hand-drawn Concept Art for the WW1 Virtual Trench

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to SEVEN schools, museums, or other organisations of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    GENERAL - GOLD TIER

    You will receive all the items from the SILVER TIER (BRIGADIER GENERAL).

    + PLUS 1 piece of original, hand-drawn Concept Art for the WW1 Virtual Trench

    + PLUS You will have your face modelled onto one of the characters in the virtual trenches. Send us your photos to see what you would look like as a soldier during the Great War!

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to TEN schools, museums, or other organisations of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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    FIELD MARSHAL - GOLD TIER

    You will receive all the items from the SILVER TIER (BRIGADIER GENERAL).

    + PLUS 1 piece of original, hand-drawn Concept Art for the WW1 Virtual Trench

    + PLUS You will have your face modelled onto one of the characters in the virtual trenches.

    + PLUS An exclusive 1 day visit to the Gaia Headquarters in Wales, UK where you will meet with the 3D artists who have developed the Virtual Trench, including a 1-1 session with an artist.

    + PLUS You will provide the opportunity to TEN schools, museums, or other organisations of your choice to receive a Classroom Version of the WW1 Virtual Trench! (A Classroom version grants simultaneous access to 1 Premium + 30 Basic users!)

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Funding period

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