Pathways and Centers: An Innovative Approach to Integrative Education
The Center offers intensive week-long technology workshops in rotating themes, which may include motion capture, physical computing, rapid prototyping, wearable electronics, bio-hacking, animation, flying robots (aka drones) and their uses, locative media/augmented reality media, hackathon-style challenges. Participation in the sophomore year workshop is required. The Center offers these workshops to our certificate students at no charge, including room and board, funded by the college.
This five-day workshop from January 18-22, 2016, put advanced 3D film technology in the hands even of those with no prior knowledge of computing. Using everyday tools like cellphone cameras, audio recorders, sketchbooks and notebooks, students spent much of their time in the field, following their own lines of investigation into the intricate spaces, intersections, and history of New London. They then created visual essays (or, if they preferred, poems) tracing their discoveries, and these were projected in 3D within Open Ended Group’s advanced Field programming environment and renderer.
No mastery of that software was necessary: instead, participants entered the specifications for their project into a spreadsheet, which the software instantly translated into code, placing the media elements both in the space of the 3D projection and in the sequencing of a timeline.
Collaboration among participants was encouraged, but not demanded; and any students with advanced programming skills had ample opportunity to make good use of them, especially in collaborative projects. Students completed a short film, either individually or in pairs by the end of the workshop, and presented them in a public viewing.