VITAL Summer Camp 2016, with a theme, <code your dream house> was organized in Summer 2016 at the Moss and Associates Built Environment Informatics Lab in collaboration with Dr. Mario Eraso, STEM Coordinator at School of Computing and Information Sciences. Armando Carrasquillo (undergraduate student at FIU) took the lead in instruction while Felipe Dannebrock (Technologycal Federal University of Paraná), Ariel Oliveira (Federal University of Juiz de Fora) and Ana Luiza (State University of Santa Cruz) assisted in material development.
High school students from AAA program at FIU were invited for the camp which lasted for 2 weeks (3 hours a day). The students were exposed to virtual reality, computer programming and building design during the camp.
They were exposed to a project-based learning environment and their project was to create a building in Unity 3D just by coding. The student had to build the building parts through code and they would only see the building after they run the code.
The camp was 2 weeks long @ 3 hours a day. The students were exposed to (i) computer programming, (ii) building design and blue print reading and (iii) Virtual Reality (through Unity 3D) in the first week of the camp. The students did not have a prior knowledge of any of the these before they joined the camp.