On October 10, 2018, the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus played host to nearly 120 students from three regional Illinois high schools—Back of the Yards College Prep, Homewood-Flossmor High School, and Wendell Phillips High School. The event walked students through PNW’s University Village, engaged them with the Department of Communications and Creative Arts’ broadcasting studio operations, and showcased the nursing simulation labs. But the attention-getters of the day belonged to Charles Steele’s and CIVS’s demonstrations of 3D visualization technologies, and in particular the forensic science virtual crime scene environment and steelmaking blast furnace tours—from both the outside and within.
While Steele applied himself to explaining the factors that led to the development of the forensic science “Who done it?” scenario, CIVS associate research engineer Kyle Toth and other CIVS staffers provided the “How it was done” explanations for creating simulations and virtual environments. On the slightly less spectacular side, but also captivating student interest, were video presentations of safety training simulators and other manufacturing/steel-related projects.
Feedback relayed by Stephan Piggee of PNW’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions noted, “The administrators, counselors and students loved our campus so much and the well-informed and detailed academic sessions hosted … that they would like to bring another 100 to 110 students to learn more about our campus and programs.”