3D Topic Studio

For the spring 3D Topic Studio, students will be able to choose between two options. The overarching focus will be "Situational Mobility".Both paths will track according to independently defined exploration areas, with reviews and milestones coordinated as a class. The studio will move through three contiguous phases of work, exploration/research, definition/validation and execution/refinement. Students will use 3D modeling tools (digital and physical), and learn how to move from digital information to physical output, explore prototyping techniques and engage in collaborations as required. The goal will be to translate design strategies into tangible, realized concepts. Outside critics will be introduced as appropriate to the subject. _________________________Option 1 will be independent inquiry determined by each student according to their own preferred outcomes. As we evolve away from rigid planted models of daily interactions and our tools allow for a more untethered, nomadic and fluid reality, fundamental social structures come into question. Through a series of short initial exercises, the studio will identify areas of interest for furtherinvestigation. It is expected that the realization portion of the investigation will be in the form of a physical object and interaction. Possible subject areas could include personal mobility (corporeal), workplace (translocation), or healthcare (at-home)._________________________Option 2 is under sponsorship of a National Science Foundation grant entitled, "Exploring Science in the Classroom". This section of the studio will focus on exploring opportunities to expand and integrate the study of the natural sciences in a liberal arts curriculum. The outcome will be a mobile unit for scientific exploration (MUSE) prototype that could be replicated in multiple institutions.The grant seeks to develop mobile structures consisting of portable kits and equipment. The goals of the mobile units for scientific exploration are: 1) to specifically support CCA science instructors with "kits" that are flexible enough to provide equipment, materials, and supplies that can expand students' knowledge of physical and life sciences; and 2) toprovide CCA faculty and partner scientists with access to similar tools and resources to make integrated science education more effective.Students will investigate the experiential instruction of natural and physical sciences through kinesthetic and project based learning. Mobility will be a critical component for creating access to this type of learning in multiple contexts and locations on campuses that do not have dedicated sciencefacilities. Focus areas for the MUSE could include: Materials Identification, Tools of Awareness (e.g., Lapka), Sustainability and Methods of Scientific Inquiry. One proposal will be selected by a review panel for build-out (fall 2014) and beta testing.