ICAT Funded Projects

The goal of the Virginia Tech Text Analytics (VT-TAT) toolbox is to provide a web-based suite of text analytics tools for acquiring, transforming, and analyzing web and social media data. VT-TAT aims to enhance the accessibility and scalability of PamTAT, a functional Excel-based text analytics toolbox developed by the Pamplin College of Business, with support from Pamplin’s Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics, and Deloitte.

"This edge I have to jump" is a multi-screen, site specific video installation on the illusory and idiosyncratic nature of the creative process. The installation is a kinetic conversation, an immersive meditation, and an investigation into the compulsion to make, invent, and perform what otherwise would be intangible.

Middle school students from southwest Virginia participated in a four day camp to save the seabirds by designing and building a solar car made of Legos that would pull seabird eggs over sand dunes in summer 2013.

The Sound of Fractions is a micro-world and associated curriculum to teach key ideas about fractions to 6th graders (10-11 year olds) in a low-performing school who have not managed the basics of fractions, despite years of standard instruction.

Macronaut is a simple magnifying lens with a greater purpose. Used in conjunction with the Honors Design Seminar "Integrating Biology and Design" it serves as a tool to promote engagement in biological phenomena across disciplines.

SeeMore is the collaborative brainchild of an artist and a computer scientist both driven to educate viewers as to the importance of parallel computational thinking.

CaSPER (Cable Suspended Performance and Entertainment Robot) will be an interactive cable robot installed in the new performing arts centers black box theater known as the Cube.

The DREAMS Lab together with Negar Kalantar and Alireza Borhani have collaborated on researching Flexible Textile Structures with 3D Printed fabrics. Flexible textile structures is an exploration into printed fabrics.

The planned project with these collaborators is to employ safe, noninvasive motion capture and 3D visualization tools to study canine puppy socialization behaviors in a newly developed portable motion capture unit.

Fractional Drumming is a prototype tool that allows students to create musical lines for different instruments that represent different patterns corresponding to fractions and then pose questions about the meaning.

When the after-school curriculum encompasses engineering design, the challenge is greater due to the difficulty in assessing intangibles such as design and deep conceptual knowledge. Traditional paper and pencil assessments are difficult to administer amidst the controlled chaos of engineering design and counteractive to the essence of informal learning spaces.

The Four Four Beat Project, originally established in 2007 as the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project, is a digital pedagogies initiative seeded in 2012 by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and the School of Education at Virginia Tech.

OPERAcraft's goal is to provide an opportunity for K-12 students to create and perform a fully produced virtual opera.

Lantern Field is a digitally interactive audio-visual installation consisting of folded mulberry paper illuminated with LED lights and daylight to create a multi-sensory space that responds to people's presence and behavior. The work was installed at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April 2013.

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