Suzi working with some of the learners at the school
Fourth year Digital Media and Interaction Design student Suzi Cathro is currently undertaking a collaborative project with young disabled learners at Mason Lincoln school in Umlazi township, South Africa, a school she has had a relationship with for many years. Together they will produce an animation exploring the cultural traditions of the Zulu people.
Suzi has been running workshops teaching children the basics of animation and storytelling to facilitate the creation of their own culturally relevant story. She is using motion capture technology to accurately record movement that can be incorporated into the animation.
You can follow the project and see how the animation develops here – https://honoursprojecttrip.travel.blog/suzis-blog/
Suzi hopes that the young people she collaborated with use this experience to showcase their stories and culture and gain a sense of pride in their achievements.
Ideas sketches for characters created by the pupils.
Many thanks to Suzi and the young people of Mason Lincoln Special school for sharing their project with us. The project is funded by the Edinburgh Napier University student Mobility grants.
Beth helps a participant try out her Virtual Reality project.
Here are some images of the recent year 4 poster presentation day, the student’s chance to showcase their projects. We had some guests from Shopify to judge the poster competition and present the prizes. They were particularly impressed with the range of projects produced, but finally settled on Manon’s “CultureMapper” app which aims to engage young people with cultural experiences. She followed a Design Thinking process and involved her users at each step to create an appealing prototype. We’ll be sharing some of the projects in more detail over the next few months.
Manon receiving 1st prize for her poster
Luka was awarded second prize
Gabriele received 3rd prize for his work on using technology to cut down food waste.
Thora discusses her project with lecturer Jon Mortimer
A close up of Rachele’s Augmented Reality project in action
This work was produced as part of the 60 credit honours project, overseen by Dr. Tom Flint.
Thank you to Elena (year 3 Digital Media) for taking the photos.
Rachele with her wining poster
Rachele Cavina, one of our final year BSc Digital Media students has come home with first prize in the final year category at the BCS Ada Lovelace Colloquium. The event happens in April every year and brings together female students of Computing from across the country. She used the event to showcase her honours project, which uses Augmented Reality and animation to visualise DNA heritage. You can see more of the project here – https://reci1996.wixsite.com/rachelecavina/copy-of-interactive-map
Rachele discusses her work with other delegates
Rachele was joined at at the event by Mari-Nikol and Elena, two of our year 3 students who also presented their work.
Thank you to Rachele for allowing us to share her work.