Housatonic teaching to go 3-D with $200,000 grant

Housatonic Community College has received a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to enhance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math courses with the aid of 3-D solid modeling software.

The modules will allow students to create three-dimensional objects through the use of 3-D equations, bringing the educational experience from the theoretical realm to the real-world.

This will enable students to see the results of their equations in 3-D on computer screens. Then, using 3-D printers, the students will be able to create an object they can hold in their hands, representing the equation they just developed.

Similar to real-world practices

The use of this software in multidisciplinary courses mirrors real-world practices. In industry, the design of a product is a multidisciplinary effort in which engineers and technologists integrate the laws of physics, optics, chemistry and thermodynamics and use algorithmic technical computing to analyze the design.

The modules being developed will be tested, assessed and disseminated to the state’s 12 community colleges and four state universities. Ultimately, this method of instruction and learning will be spread to Connecticut high school students and educators.

Housatonic Community College is located in downtown Bridgeport and serves the surrounding region, including Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge.