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TECH 10 — 3D Science Animation: Telling STEM Stories with Data, Models, and Motion

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $565
Instructor(s): Ar Ducao
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 14
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ar Ducao
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
One of the most engaging ways to represent our physical worlds—from the tiniest molecule to the largest galaxy—is through 3D animation. In this course, we will acquire 3D data, make 3D models, and put them all in 3D motion to explain science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. We will focus on the 3D animation environment, production workflow, basic coding, cultural sensitivity, and problem-solving skills that are valuable for telling different STEM stories in many kinds of STEM fields.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to navigate a virtual 3D CAD (computer-aided design) interface; model and animate 3D geometry, lights, cameras, and surfaces; acquire and prepare real-world data to build 3D environments; discuss the conceptual and spatiotemporal limits of using 3D data; and develop an awareness of the cultural considerations and biases that underlie 3D tools and productions. Students will finish the course by designing and building a capstone project that uses 3D to explain a simple STEM concept.

A STEM background is not required. However, this fast-paced, hands-on course uses high-end tools. Experience with CAD, Unix, and computer code, or specialized film/video software (linear and node-based) is strongly encouraged. Students should expect to pay $35 to register for and download Maya LT software. Please refer to the syllabus for more details.

CEO, Multimer; Principal, DuKode Studio; Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU; Research Affiliate and Instructor, MIT

Ar Ducao is an engineer, organizer, educator, and artist. They are the CEO of Multimer, a biospatial analytics spin-off from MIT, and a National Science Foundation SBIR award winner. A former science animator, they are also the lead producer for The Great Tit Is a Bird, a sci-fi audio drama and animated series.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.