Education & Outreach
Ongoing Project Activities
TRIO Upward Bound 9-12th Grade Science Lab Experiences
TRIO Upward Bound is an academic and college preparatory program funded by the US Department of Education. Each year of the project the IV/LAB has hosted about 35 of these students for lab tours and hands-on demonstrations of our latest research results. Upward Bound students sat side-by-side with the graduate students and PI working on the NSF project and created their own visualizations of more than 1 terrabyte of global weather data (above, right). The visualizations were made possibly by new sketch-based software tools we developed for designing multidimensional data visualizations. The Upward Bound students also experienced four different virtual reality environments, including a stereoscopic 3D visualization of microscopy data (above, left) and a virtual reconstruction of ancient greece.
Bell Museum of Natural History ExploraDome Outreach
We continue to collaborate with the Bell Museum of Natural History's ExploraDome Outreach Program. Our custom developed OpenGL-based software expands the use of this unique display beyond astronomy. At the Bell Museum, this work is the first example of an educational scientific ExploraDome application based in the life and computer sciences. In November 2012, we held our first showcase of our ExploraDome environment at the "Building Bridges to a Dental Career" Saturday Academy Health Career Opportunity Program. Nearly 40 students from the Minneapolis Public Schools participated in a demonstration and discussion led by the PI. Since then, the work has been shown to numerous groups of students and teachers, including presentations at the TIES 2012 Education Technology Conference, which has the goal of "Transforming Pedagogy with Technology".
U of M / MCAD
Additional Project Demonstrations