Young student s of the Children’s University™ found themselves revising Spanish with a 3D model of Felipe the Spanish speaking puppet! The students had attended weekly Spanish lessons at Doncaster College and during their final graduation session they were able to practice their new found language skills with Felipe.
It is thought that when Children are learning a new language they find it less intimidating testing out their new knowledge in conversation with a friendly puppet rather than a grown up.
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Working in partnership with teachers from Kokkola Vocational Institute, Finland the team have developed three learning objects as part of a Leonardo da vinci EU bid. The learning objects were showcased by the UK team to students and businesses at a roadshow held in Kokkola, Finland. These included and interactive 3D model of a sewing machine that will aid students in the understanding of the health and safety implications when setting up the sewing machine and correct procedure that should be followed. When demonstrating such processes visually rather than verbally it is far easier for students to understand and remember the procedures in the future.
Other interactive elements that have been designed into the sewing machine include the ability to view and highlight different patterns used within its make up, view different stitches used in its creation along with an animation showing a cross section of how each stitch is made. The ability to change the colour and material of the bag has also been built in.
Thanks to funding from the Yorkshire & Humber East Lifelong Learning Network (YHELLN) students studying for the newly created Building Services Engineering foundation degree at Doncaster, Grimsby and Hull will be able to explore and understand in 3D what really goes into the construction of a house.
Aside from the obvious wow factor of the new 3D visuals the ability it grants pupils to actually see what goes on behind the scenes of a building will allow them to develop a faster and broader understanding of the choices and functions associated with construction. Each section within the model has been carefully designed to meet desired learning outcomes within the foundation degree.
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3D facilities installed at Archbishop Sentamu Academy are being used to give students a new perspective on GCSE Maths studies. The school hall can be quickly converted into a 3D cinema and students can be found competing against fellow classmates as they test their knowledge of Pythagoras Theorem, angles, volume and fractions to name but a few.
(Yorkshire UK) Minister for Europe Caroline Flint MP paid a visit to Doncaster College, praising their cutting-edge technology.
Ms Flint met with senior managers at the college, which received a £3.8m funding package from Objective One and SRB 6 to provide Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in South Yorkshire with easy and affordable access to interactive 3D computer visualisation and innovative new communication systems.
With the help of the European funding, Doncaster College’ Leading Edge Technology Solutions (LETS) project has helped a number of regional firms ranging from Senior Aluminium Systems to Oak Holdings – the company behind the £350m YES! development in Rotherham.
Ms Flint said: “These projects are testament to what we can achieve by working with and not isolating ourselves from, Europe. And they will continue to create jobs and opportunities for the region long after the funding has gone away.”
The 3d team are based at University Centre Doncaster, High Melton.
For more information about business use of 3D visualisation, contact the team on +44 (0)1302-553588 or click here.