The CRATE Internship program allows high school students to further their animation abilities by working in a real world work environment on projects that benefit the community. CRATE is made possible through collaborations from various community members, the EAST Initiative and CAST.
The students participate in EAST training through the many camps that are offered in the program, in particular, the animation camps. These camps teach students the basics of 3D animation and video editing with leading-edge software such as Softimage, Adobe Premiere, and SketchUp. Students learn to model and animate objects, scenes, and characters.
Previous CRATE projects enlisted EAST students to develop projects that ranged from recreations of a Native American village to 3D animated science shorts.
In 2001 and 2002, as part of the CRATE Internship Program, a 3D recreation of the Native American village of Casqui was created. The interns for 2001 were Kent Walker - Fayetteville FAAST Lab, Aaron White - G.F.H.S. T.I.G.E.R. Lab and Harlan Skinner - Gravette EAST. The interns for 2002 were Kent Walker (who returned from the 2001 project), Jeremy Bain and Justin Reh - Rogers High School EAST Lab.
The students worked on creating a scene that captured a true Casqui villager’s daily life. The students put together the interior of a home complete with artifacts, people and a story. This scene was created using SoftImage XSI and Adobe Photoshop. Watch the video on You Tube
The 2003 C.R.A.T.E. team developed a variety of visualization examples to highlight the advanced technical abilities of Fayetteville and its citizens. These products were combined into an easy to use, attractive website, Fayetteville Interact, that is targeted for the average non-technical user. For more information about the project click here.
The 2004 students worked on a pilot project creating an educational science short called Chemistry in the Kitchen, teaching fourth, fifth and sixth graders interesting science facts. The pilot was targeted for HDTV.
The objective of the pilot project was to determine if student interns can form a core development group to develop animated projects in Northwest Arkansas. This requires cooperation between the private sector, the University, and interested students involved in EAST, and other related incubators, as well as the ability to attract development capital and product distribution. CAST provided staff and use of the EAST training facility and use of CAST hardware and software to the project.
The project included the development of the storyboards, set design and development, animation, artistry, and rendering. C.R.A.T.E. team members traveled to the Motion Capture Lab at Ohio State University.
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The 2005 team was responsible for the creation and completion of a Watershed Education Video for Audubon Arkansas on behalf of the EPA funded “Integrated Experiential Streambank Restoration and Demonstration Initiative: College Branch”.
Several media sources were used to compile a thorough short to be distributed to local water policy makers and planners, students of diverse ages and backgrounds, educators, and available on-line for the general public.
By employing a combination of the latest 3D visualization tools, digital video and web development the CRATE team developed several visualizations which focused on a local stream, College Branch located on the University of Arkansas campus. For more information about the project click here.
CADIS and CRATE teamed up to provide information for the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The team created a 3D virtual map of the buildings on and around Dickson Street and the Square, the heart of Fayetteville. Using the most advanced technololgy available, project team members custom-created each building in this “master plan.” The goal was to create an interactive 3D virtual map of the Master Plan District so the future development could be visualized in its context. 3D modeling was done with SketchUp
Using building footprint data derived acquired from the City of Fayetteville, LIDAR-derived elevation data, and building measurements from Pictometry “bird’s-eye view” data. Each building within the district was constructed and photos were applied as the textures. For more information about the project click here.