Tech-or-Treat 2015

Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Location & Time: 

Moss Arts Center
5:00 - 8:00pm

Skeletons, teeth, an illuminated forest.  This hauntingly memorable event for kids of all ages features Creatures from the Cube. Virginia Tech students and faculty from multiple disciplines collaborate to bring the cutting edge of creativity, arts, and technology to this family-friendly event.  Meet the brains behind the fun.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a candy-free event. Costumes are encouraged.  

Do you have a Tech-or-Treat project to present?  Contact Phyllis Newbill (pnewbill@vt.edu) for more information.

THE CUBE
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Cube

Part animal and part machine, this creature has surfaced from the depths of the Cube to beckon you into its lair.
                  
Lisa McNair, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Education
Kari Zacharias, Graduate Student, Department of Science and Technology in Society
Reza Tasooji, Graduate Student, Computer Science
 
Creatures from the Cube
See Strange Creatures that dwell in the marshy madness of the Cube! 
                  
Matt Ebert, ICAT community member
Sara Sweeney, ICAT community member
Alisha Royal, ICAT community member
 
Illuminated Trees
Come to the cube where the the vibes are spooky and the trees light up!
                  
George Hardebeck, Graduate Student, Creative Technologies 
Tanner Upthegrove, Media Engineer, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
Paola Zellner, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture + Design

Creatures from the Cube Sound Sculpture
Experience foggy bog creatures, a robotic arm, and an illuminated forest in the Cube. Spatial sound adds creepy ambiance.
                  
Tanner Upthegrove, Media Engineer, ICAT
George Hardebeck, Graduate Student, Creative Technologies 
 
Kyriakos Tsoukalas, Graduate Student, Human-Centered Design
Alex Kern, Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering 
Tianyu Ge, Graduate Student, Computer Science
 
Ghost Writer
Watch as a ghostly robot draws a spooky picture that you can keep if you dare.
                  
Christopher Williams, Associate Professor, DREAMS Lab
Joseph Kubalak, Graduate Student, DREAMS Lab
Matthew Price, Mechanical Engineering
Mark Traverso, Mechanical Engineering
Zach Snow, Mechanical Engineering
Edward Cottiss, Mechanical Engineering
David Tichnell, Mechanical Engineering
Taylor Pesek, Mechanical Engineering
Oliver Ebeling-Koning, Mechanical Engineering

GRAND LOBBY
 
Ancient Rocks Come to Life

With the power of math and computer graphics, we can make a virtual world come to life by writing a very short piece of computer program. 
                  
Run Yu, Graduate Student, Computer Science & Application
 
Character Creature Transformation
Transform your character into a creature! Through fun theater activities, explore different sounds and shapes to make a creature out of your costume.
                  
Kristin Kelly, Master of Fine Arts candidate, School of Performing Arts

Creepy Robot Arms
Test your skills at controlling a screaming, creaking robotic arm to grab and earn tasty treats.
                  
Jeremy Ernst, Associate Professor of Integrative STEM
Barry Potter, Graduate Student, I-STEM Education 
Songze Li, Graduate Student, I-STEM Education
Sharon Bowers, Graduate Student, I-STEM Education
 
Halloween Color Squeeze
Paint Halloween pictures with squishy balls! Squeeze colored balls over a display and virtual liquid splashes down to reveal a Halloween picture.
                  
Shuo Niu, Graduate Student, Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Scott McCrickard, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Doug Bowman, Professor, Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
 
Halloween Picture Play
Use a multi-person tabletop display to move around Halloween monster pictures--with interesting and spooky effects!
                  
Shuo Niu, Graduate Student, Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Scott McCrickard, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Sophia Nguyen, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Usman Anwar, Computer Science
Kavin Aravind, Computer Science
 
Control Your Skeleton Hand!
Interact with a skeleton hand using speech and make it imitate your hand gestures.
                  
Rabih Younes, Graduate Student, Computer Engineering
Deba Saha, Graduate Student, Computer Engineering

Becoming the Phytosaur!
Become a ferocious Triassic-era reptilian in your own way! Make phytosaur masks and enjoy the spirit of halloween while romping your way around.
                  
Anna Kulbaski, Design for America (DFA) Project Lead/College of Engineering
Anna Mumma - DFA Project Lead/College of Engineering
Justin Lau - DFA Project Lead/College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Callie Gobes - DFA member/College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Tanner Mizelle - DFA member/College of Engineering
Celine Stewart - DFA member/College of Engineering
Christine Junod - DFA member/College of Engineering
Arianna Krinos - DFA member/College of Engineering

Spooky Tunes with Friends
Jam to some spooky tunes with your friends. We have curated a list of music appropriate for the evening. Come by and listen!
                  
Michael Stewart, Graduate Student, Center for Human-Computer Interaction
 
Over the Rainbow
Experience a real tornado from any location you choose.
                  
Bill Carstensen, Professor, Geography
Dave Carroll, Instructor, Geography
Trevor White, Graduate Student, Geography
Kenyon Gladu, Geography
 
EXPERIENCE STUDIO
 
Technicolor Ghouls!

Dance with the monsters and ghouls of the past in this technicolor video wall display, werewolves, ghasts, ghosts, vampires, and yooowwwww!
                  
George Hardebeck, Graduate Student, Creative Technologies 

PERFORM STUDIO
 
Alternate Realities

An experiment in immersion, head-mounted displays and position tracking combine to create a way for people to walk around any environment imaginable.
                  
Matthew Bock, Computer Science & Application
Lucas Freeman, Fine Arts
 

LEARNING STUDIO (Second Floor, Turner Street side)
 
Swallowed by the Phytosaur!

Ready to get swallowed by a phytosaur? Enter the inside of a prehistoric reptilian and learn about its anatomy and environment! 
                  
Anna Kulbaski - DFA Project Lead/College of Engineering
Anna Mumma - DFA Project Lead/College of Engineering
Justin Lau - DFA Project Lead/College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Callie Gobes - DFA member/College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Tanner Mizelle - DFA member/College of Engineering
Celine Stewart - DFA member/College of Engineering
Christine Junod - DFA member/College of Engineering
Arianna Krinos - DFA member/College of Engineering
 
Brains behind the Fossils
See how the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group at VT uses CT data to learn about the brains, blood, and guts of our fossils!
                  
Michelle Stocker, Research Scientist, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
Sterling Nesbitt, Assistant Professor, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
Caitlin Colleary, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
Chris Griffin, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
Candice Stefani, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
Emily Lessner, Paleobiology & Geobiology, Geosciences
 
Brains behind the Animals
Come see the brains of actual animals and learn how neuroscientists study the structure and function of animals' brains. 
                  
Kendra Sewall, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Amanda Patterson, Neuroscience Club Outreach Coordinator
Sarah Sam, Neuroscience Club President
Shaan Sharma, Neuroscience Club Vice President