OK 'Wonder Grant' returns with focus on virtual education and training

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 By: Staff Reports Source: VeloCity
been assembled to review grant applications. Panelists include Von Royal, Executive Director, OneNet and OK Higher Education CIO; Linda Dzialo, President and CEO, Great Expectations; Susan Moring, Associate, Cortado Ventures; Selena Skorman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Oklahoma City Innovation District; Stacy Eads, Business Strategist, Stacy Eads Coaching & Consulting; Jeff Moore, Executive Director, I-CCEW; Armand McCoy, President, Trifecta Communications; Jeff Price, Department Head, Gaming & Animation Degree Program, Oklahoma City University.

The first Oklahoma Wonder Grant subsidized the development of a $15k augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) in-kind project. The Coltrane Group, led by Co-Founder/CEO, André L. Head, who recently passed from COVID-19, received the first Oklahoma Wonder Grant to use augmented reality as a means to bring experiential learning to the Historic Black Town of Boley, OK.

The Oklahoma Wonder Grant is the brainchild of Trifecta Communications, an Oklahoma-based marketing/technology firm. The grant is influenced by Isaac Newton’s amazing year in 1666 when he developed many of his now-famous concepts for physics, calculus and gravity; while sheltering at home during an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague. It was such a pivotal year, he labeled it his “year of wonders.”

“By studying Isaac Newton, we’ve learned you can do a lot in the middle of a pandemic,” said Brent Wheelbarger, CEO of Trifecta Communications. “While challenging, this unique time is an opportunity to think about the future in new ways. The Oklahoma Wonder Grant is designed to spur that kind of thinking.”

Detailed information including project examples, webinar registration information and the application form is available online at www.OKwonderGrant.com.

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