ICAT Projects

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Sound of Fractions

The Sound of Fractions is a micro-world and associated curriculum to teach key ideas about fractions to 6th graders (10-11 year olds) in a low-performing school who have not managed the basics of fractions, despite years of standard instruction.

Engineering micro-world, auditory teaching, fractions, visual representations
L2Ork

L2Ork (pronounced as lohrk) stands for Linux Laptop Orchestra, World’s first orchestra of its kind built on Linux.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences interactive, Programming, compositions, ensemble
Studio STEM/ICAT Summer Camp

Middle school students from southwest Virginia participated in a four day camp to save the seabirds by designing and building a solar car made of Legos that would pull seabird eggs over sand dunes in summer 2013.

Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Solar car, DIY, Creative Process, Legos
Virginia Tech graduate students lead hands-on workshop for visiting 5th graders through Virginia Career View’s Kindergarten to College program

Students of the IDEAStudio special study course, “Bridging the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities through Creative Technologies,” collaborated to deliver three one-hour workshops for elementary students during the spring 2012 semester.

Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Creative Technologies
Locative Audio

Location-Based Media, an umbrella for Locative Audio, brings composers and sound designer the idea of customizing and associating sonic ideas to a specific geolocation.

Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Sonic ideas, specific geolocation, mobile technologies
This Edge I Have to Jump

"This edge I have to jump" is a multi-screen, site specific video installation on the illusory and idiosyncratic nature of the creative process. The installation is a kinetic conversation, an immersive meditation, and an investigation into the compulsion to make, invent, and perform what otherwise would be intangible.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Multi-screen, Video Installation, Creative Process, Immersive Meditation
IDEAStudio launches special study course: Bridging the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities through Creative Technologies

In the fall semester of 2011, IDEAStudio team members implemented a transdisciplinary course that brought together students from industrial design, computer science, instructional design, and educational psychology with the purpose of collaborating to design educational products at the intersection of the arts, science, education, and creative technologies.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Engineering Industrial design, computer science, instructional design
Mind-Body Interactive

MBI explores intersections between gaming, technology, and integrative health practice with its current focus on distance-enabled exercise and monitoring of Taiji (Tai Chi) integrative health practice for the purpose of prevention and rehabilitation.

Engineering, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Arts, Technology, Engineering, and health
Text Analysis Toolbox

The goal of the Virginia Tech Text Analytics (VT-TAT) toolbox is to provide a web-based suite of text analytics tools for acquiring, transforming, and analyzing web and social media data. VT-TAT aims to enhance the accessibility and scalability of PamTAT, a functional Excel-based text analytics toolbox developed by the Pamplin College of Business, with support from Pamplin’s Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics, and Deloitte.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Pamplin College of Business Text analytics, Content analysis
Sonification and Sound Spatialization

DISIS faculty and students continually engage in various creative projects involving sound spatialization, including artistic performances and installations, as well as the research of novel scientific concepts.

Engineering, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Sound spatialization, artistic performances and installations, research of novel scientific concepts
3D Model Organic Surfaces

To help lower the learning curve for 3D modeling, we have been exploring more natural 3D interaction in this domain. Our key insight is that a physical input device made of flexible material can be directly molded and shaped by the user into a representation of the desired surface.

Engineering 3D Modeling, Organic Surfaces
K2C

Groups of fifth graders from Virginia schools visited campus as part of the Virginia Career View Kindergarten-to-College program, designed to educate potential first-generation college students about higher education.

Workshop, Design-based curriculum
Jointly sponsored residency in digital storytelling and community narratives

Jointly sponsored residency in digital storytelling and community narratives by Thenmozhi Soundararajan, noted transmedia artist, theorist and musician to include community workshops, lectures, research roundtable, and a chapter for a book under development on the role of arts and culture in community change.

Digital storytelling, community narratives, residency, Workshop
Dynamic Responsive Facade

Initially conceptualized as a response to solar shading needs, the design for the Flower Wall was inspired by the natural beauty of phototropic response from flowers, such as a sunflower or morning glory.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Engineering Dynamic Responsive Facade, Flower Wall, Phototropism, Digital Fabrication
Drummer Game

Drummer Game is a real-time strategy game in which players control an army of terra cotta warriors by using Chinese drums as controllers.

Architecture & Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Gaming

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