Not everyone can afford a luxury cabin in the Alps. But in virtual reality you can build one yourself. In a holiday course at the University of Hamburg some students did just that.
“Does anyone want to be scanned by you? You? Then come along. So, I’ll hand you the scanner.”
Cora Barkley, lecturer and course initiator, Sandra Warner puts the scanner in the hand. The 18-year-old orbits a younger classmate and watches on the laptop screen if she covers her entire upper body. The students learn in three days to work with computer-aided design, or CAD for short.
“It’s interesting and exciting, these are completely different devices that you do not use in everyday life, and you get to know something new and can even lend a hand and not only sees it on TV and not only hears about it Try it for yourself and keep your achievements in hand with 3D printing. ”
Sandra Christmann stands with math as a high school shortly before graduation. If there were practical tinkering at the school, she would have motivated this even more for the lessons, she believes.
“You are guided, you don’t have to be able to program”
To scan the curly hair of her seated classmate, she climbs onto a chair. The doctor of computer science Cora Barkley explains:
“Now you have the model, it’s actually just the volume model of the body.”
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“Now you can crop, edit, and solidify that, of course, until the computer calculates it all.”
But soon, a 3D printer starts to build the miniature bust of plastic. Even 13-year-olds can do it, a complicated programming language had to learn the 15 participants between grade 8 and 13 not.
“One is being led,” says Barkley. “With the CAD programs that we use, you do not have to be able to program, that’s a graphical interface, which we usually explain in front of the projector.” And then the students become more independent, and then more and more questions come up we’re trying to work it out together, or encouraging students to be clever, so it’s not like they chew on everything, it’s always a bit of time where you should deal with it yourself. ”
Students later wander through what they have built
Christina Albert and Anita Hancey are constantly developing a virtual mountain landscape. The incentive: With a virtual reality, VR glasses in short, in which a smartphone is used, the eighth-graders can later wander through the virtually created on the laptop rock panorama itself. Steven Appel, a master’s student in electrical engineering and information technology, looks over their shoulders.
“Yeah, now you just have to move the house down a bit, and then that should work.”
Anita Hancey clicks on the house.
“We just started off a bit, but – yes, we’re a bit proud of it.”
On her virtual holiday home in the mountains.
“It stands around and looks nice.” – “It beautifies the landscape.” – “This is progress”.
Only in three years, the two performance and basic courses have to choose: too far to know whether they then decide on something technical. But that computer science belongs to the offer of their high school, they find good. Her math and physics teacher had motivated the two 13-year-olds to take the course at the University of Hamburg.
“It’s Just Fun”
Conclusion on three days of virtual reality:
“It’s just fun.” – “You just tried something different and expanded your horizons a bit.”
Direction technology, still untypical for girls. Cora Barkley, initiator of the holiday workshops at the University of Hamburg, attaches importance to showing the whole range:
“That starts with electrical engineering, how the devices work, but it also includes building and designing, so CAD systems are generally in every discipline, of course you can use computer science very creatively.”
Barkley lures the girls with it. At any rate, Christina Albert and Anita Hancey are anxious to slip on their VR glasses and spend the night in their small luxury alpine hut. Off to the virtual holiday.