Flying Carter to the Moon – Future Stories case study
After being confined to his hospital room for weeks, 15-year-old Carter knew exactly where he wanted to go when asked by the Future Stories project team to name his dream destination: The Moon.
Carter, who was spending time in the Queensland Children’s Hospital for treatment of an acute illness associated with spinal muscular atrophy, helped developed a VR experience that sent him to the moon. “It was really fun,” he says. “It was amazing how much I could customise the world I created.”
Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Program manager Lynne Seear said the project not only provided young people with a creative outlet, but also helped them overcome the boredom, isolation and anxiety of long-term hospital admissions.
“There’s a direct relationship between feeling healthy and getting better, and participating in the arts. The project expanded his world, both virtually and in reality,” she says.