Professors in the Media Arts and Science (MAS) program at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI were busy this summer teaching courses that centered on collaboration, taking students to the streets for a look into opportunities of the future.
Two courses taught in the Summer 1 session, 3D Prototyping and Articulation and Augmented Reality, taught students about how different aspects of 3D are being used in business situations.
With the prototyping course, taught by MAS lecturer Zeb Wood, students were able to visit the Caccia Custom Cars design facility to see the newest prototypes in progress and how three-dimensional design turns into real world speed.
Albert William, also a lecturer in the MAS program, helped by scanning the hood ornament concepts with a state-of-the-art 3-D scanner, creating an actual 3-D model of the hood ornament. Caccia hopes to reveal the car this coming fall at various car shows.
Those students also got to visit Indy’s only 3D-Printing ‘Maker’ community, CLUB CYBERIA, to see what is available to makers to assist them in their creative exploration via a 24/7 membership.
Students taking part in the school’s first Augmented Reality (AR) class, taught by Wood (3D Design) and MAS lecturer Travis Faas (Development), were tasked with creating their own AR applications for Apple and Android devices. Students developed applications ranging from educational applications to portfolios, to interactive ways to experience commercial architecture.
“The class was a completely collaborative experience combining knowledge from students in both development and 3D design backgrounds. We came out with some great projects,” said Wood.
In addition to the highly unique class experience, the class visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) to discuss new ways to plan exhibition design. Their focus was incorporating technology to enjoy, educate, and make art memorable in a whole new way for all age groups of IMA’s audience. Hopes are to foster a lasting relationship with IMA so that more opportunities can be created for students to make an impact on the world around them.