Virtual roller coaster thrills for ST School Pocket Money Fund kids

Students from low-income families rushing to hug Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.
Students from low-income families rushing to hug Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Students from low-income families rushing to hug the Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.
Students from low-income families rushing to hug the Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Students from low-income families experiencing the Gear VR 4D at Samsung theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.
Students from low-income families experiencing the Gear VR 4D at Samsung theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Students from low-income families posing with Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.
Students from low-income families posing with Line mascots at the Samsung experiential theme zone at the Westgate mall on Feb 11, 2017.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - It was a roller coaster of a ride for 13 students from low-income families on Saturday afternoon (Feb 11) - virtually, that is.

The students - beneficiaries of the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund - got to enjoy a virtual reality (VR) simulation of America's Six Flags roller coaster rides in a "Gear VR 4D theatre", with VR goggles in tow.

The theatre was part of the Samsung x Line Friends pop-up at Westgate mall.

Besides VR thrills, the students also got to try out exercises on stationary mountain bikes and interact with chat app Line's mascots.