Description of the challenges faced by the Tech Project
The Future School Laboratory is an experimental venture powered by Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center designed to study the interface between end users and state of art web and network services in the context of education and R’N’D projects on a national and global scale. The Future School Laboratory is where the team conducts research and development activities to test the limits of the state of the art technologies in the context of education and learning. Through curated, tailored for specific age groups, interdisciplinary adventures they strive to engage participants on the grounds of experience and experimentation. Every narrative is the fruit of collaboration between IT engineers, domain experts, artists and independent teaching professionals. The laboratory provides a test ground for experimental storytelling and teaching solutions is a venue for cooperation, initiative and educational events, houses advanced e-competence and soft-skills research facilities.
Brief description of technology
The residency will be hosted by Innovative Education FutureLab of PSNC, Poznan, Poland. There are several installations and devices that could be used in the process of collaboration between artists and research groups. The installations provided by PSNC are: - human interactions based on interfaces using voice, motion and gesture, eye movement (VR headset, eye tracker, haptics manipulators, EEG sensors), - human interaction in the environment of virtual reality and augmented reality (interactive sandbox, educational immersive cave, 3D vision kits), - innovative lesson scenarios (adventures) combining elements of educational games in virtual and enhanced reality, devices of innovative interfaces connecting various human perceptual systems: touch, sight and hearing (intelligent bricks sets, interactive ScottieGo! games, educational kits based on Genuino/Arduino processors, micro edu bots, 3D printers).
What the project is looking to gain from the collaboration and what kind of artist would be suitable
The essential objective for collaboration between the project and artists involved in STARTS is to create new scenarios for the use of equipment, software and lesson models, or more precisely: the entire created environment of a modern school. We are looking for artists ready for the challenge of creating a new school model in which, in addition to science education using modern technologies, there will be a space for creative interaction with art; we want our Future School users to have the opportunity to participate in art and music lessons using the full - personal or group - creation process. We are looking for opportunities to discover the world of visual arts and sound through completely new forms of multimedia, perhaps also extending the learning processes that we have already embarked on in the humanities and sciences subjects as part of FutureLab.
Resources available to the artist
PSNC Innovative Education FutureLab is located in a historic tenement house in the very center of Poznań. We provide office desk, high speed internet connection with possibility of streaming or establishing dedicated link, dedicated storage and all associated devices mentioned in technical description. Devices available in the lab includes VR/AR/Mixed Reality systems – head mounted, CAVEs, haptic interfaces; IoT – sensors, prototype boards, programing environments. On the whole floor there is a future school simulation, from the classrooms, to the teachers' room, prepared for cooperation with users. The laboratories are serviced by qualified IT staff, providing assistance and consultation during the project.