CIVS projects—more than 350 to date—have involved working closely with industry, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, youth development organizations, professional/community associations, and governmental branches to address critical issues in engineering, energy, education, productivity, quality, safety, and the environment. Through partnerships with more than 110 external organizations, CIVS has successfully completed over 230 virtual design and virtual education projects.
Youth Development Organizations & Educational Outreach
Since 2009, CIVS has hosted and participated in over 100 K-12 outreach activities and events, impacting more than 8000 students. Events/activities and organizations include the following:
- Girl Scouts of the USA—CIVS-hosted tours and demonstrations of simulation and visualization/virtual reality technologies were among the activities developed for a STEM Night for Girl Scouts at Purdue University Northwest.
- Boy Scouts of America—Immersion in VR environments and demonstration/of software tools and environment creation in computer labs.
- AIST High School Engineering Seminars—Annual event for around 300 high school students, hosted by the Midwest Chapter of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology, at PNW; CIVS provides seminars on virtual iron- and steelmaking processes using simulation and visualization technologies.
- PNW/Enbridge Engineering Summer Camps—week-long (or longer) camps for 6- to 12th-grade students with hands-on experiences in mechanical, electrical, computer, and civil engineering topics, held every summer. CIVS provides two-day sessions for students to be engaged in applied simulation and visualization projects.
- ASM Student Materials Camp—Semi-annual event hosted by ASM at technical conferences, for over 200 high school students. CIVS develops and provides a 3D video of iron- and steelmaking processes.
- Camp Leo—This two-day, PNW-sited camp guides students through applications & admissions processes, financial aid, student support services, and academic expectations (including lecture and lab presentations). CIVS has developed an “Intro to 3D Modeling and Visualization” course for classroom and computer demonstration experience.
Professional Associations & Entrepreneurial/Educational Outreach
Through providing a forum for knowledge transfer and professional development opportunities, to collaboration on economic, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability, CIVS continues to be an active participant in community initiatives.
- When the Lake Area United Way, in collaboration with Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Congressman Pete Visclosky, organized a “Superheroes Against Hunger” Canstruction competition, CIVS researchers developed software to help design and construct the canned-food sculptures and track materials needs and costs.
- CIVS/PNW faculty, staff, and students have also hosted and delivered presentations to regional chambers of commerce, manufacturing summits, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boards, and leadership and development associations such as Northwest Indiana One Region and the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC).
- In addition, CIVS faculty and staff are regular contributors to Purdue Northwest’s Friday University course offerings, whereat adults of any age can find “intellectual enrichment through a variety of interesting discussions in expert-led workshops, without the pressure of pre-requisites or tests.”
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