The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology's mission includes educational innovation. Our commitment to share research with the community exists with the goal of building a culture of creativity in the region among school systems, museums, and other educational institutions. The Center for Research in SEAD Education houses ICAT's education work related to outreach and engagement, research and evaluation, and partnership and advocacy.

Kindergarten to College

Kindergarten to College is a program that brings area fifth graders to campus to spend the day learning about careers and college.

Since its inception in 2003, K2C has served thousands of children from school systems around the state.  Fifth graders learn about careers, participate in hands-on academic learning opportunities, eat lunch on campus, and meet members of the athletic department, Marching Virginians, and Corps of Cadets.

Kindergarten to College is project of the Center for Research in SEAD Education, Virginia Career View, and College Access Collaborative.  Many departments and institutes contribute to the hands-on learning experiences.

Maker Camp 2018

What do design, DIY, robotics, engineering, and music all have in common? They all combine to create the successful ingredients for ICAT’s Instrument Maker Camp!

On July 17-20, 2018 (Tuesday — Friday), ICAT researchers, and graduate students will welcome teachers and middle school-aged students to a 4-day long camp designed to harness students’ creativity and encourage them to act on their curiosity. Students will code, 3-d model, build and perform with the instruments they design.

Instrument Maker Camp is a project of the Center for Research and SEAD Education.

ICAT and the Science Museum of Western Virginia partnership

ICAT and the Science Museum of Western Virginia have forged a unique relationship to support the pathway of university research to public engagement at the museum. The partnership includes:

> Long-term museum exhibits from Virginia Tech stakeholders

> Workshops and camps at the museum from Virginia Tech faculty and staff

> Internships at the Museum for Virginia Tech students

> Collaborative space design by Museum and Virginia Tech staff

> The joint production of the Virginia Tech Science Festival

> An outlet for broader impacts and outreach projects that support sponsored research

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For ICAT and Virginia Tech, the partnership supports the pathway of university research to public engagement. For the museum, the partnership provides programming, exhibits, expertise, and interns. Dr. Phyllis Newbill, a jointly supported researcher in informal education, facilitates faculty, students, and staff from both organizations to catalyze and sustain this collaboration.

Got an idea for an exhibit, internship, volunteer opportunity or workshop? Tell us a little about it. Contact Phyllis Newbill with questions or ideas.

Virginia Tech Featured Projects

Dense Space

Dense Space - Paola Zellner and Charles Nichols - Dense Space is a responsive audiovisual environment. It explores the use of linear fibre material to generate forms that in their interplay with light and motion densify the space, increasing its presence, and augmenting the experience of space. It is accompanied by Charles Nichols' composition, Beyond the Dark.


Mirrorcraft - Ico Bukvic - Mirrorcraft is an interactive exhibit that allows the user to see his or her mirror image in the version of a Minecraft avatar. A Kinect will allow the avatar to mirror the user's body and facial movements.


Plasma - Virginia Tech creative technologies graduate student George Hardebeck combined the interactive technology of the Leap sensor with a virtual environment to create this installation. He wrote code to give instructions to the particles that move and bounce in the space as well as respond to your hand. Inspired by plasma globes, the project experiments with game environments and sensors.