- Students experience the Art of Star Wars!
The Visualisation Camp or V-Camp is a familiar event on the IHPC calendar and is an integral part of IHPC’s science outreach activities. Held on the 14th and 15th of March, this year’s camp saw the highest number of schools registering for the event. With over 41 schools and 240 students taking part during their one-week study break, this year’s V-Camp proved to be a resounding success.
The students, some with their teachers, arrived promptly on the first day at the Matrix building in Biopolis for the opening ceremony. Our Guest-Of-Honour was Mr Steven Lim, Chairman of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation. Among the other invited guests were Professor Chong Tow Chong, Chairman of A*STAR SERC and Mr Clarence Sirisena, Assistant Chief Executive of the Singapore Science Centre. Our Executive Director for IHPC, Dr Raj. Thampuran was there to give the welcome address.
To accommodate this unexpected amount of students, the participants were spilt into two groups, with one visiting the Science Centre and the other IHPC. This arrangement was swapped for the second day. At IHPC, the group of students were given the opportunity to soak their senses in the immersive environment of the CAVE and hone their gaming skills with a simple game of ‘Capture-the-Flag’ that our researchers had put together for the event. For the workshop on visualisation design, the students were tasked with the design of a chess piece. Unleashing the powers of their imagination on the design of the chess piece, the young minds were able to achieve impressive results whilst gaining first-hand experience of the use of visualisation technologies.
Over at the Science Centre, workshops on Stop-Motion Animation and Games-Making were met with much enthusiasm from the students. As a special bonus, the students were also given a free tour of ‘The Art of Star Wars’ exhibition that had opened earlier in the Annex Hall of the Science Centre in November of 2005. Various artefacts and picture boards depicting illustrations from various scenes in all 6 films were on display.
The organising committee for the event would like to extend their thanks once again to all mentors and personnel who had offered their help and we look forward to working together again for V-Camp 2007!