Interactive Art and Physical Computing is a new Breaking Boundaries course they are offering to honors students. It unites the ideas of physics and art by using Arduinos, a computing platform, and 3-D art.
Dr. Joseph A. Hauger, physics professor, and Dr. Jennifer Onofrio, 3-D art professor, teach this class together to challenge the students.
Dr. Hauger said, “This class is based on Arduinos, wiring, soldering, and different styles of art.”
This class has 16 students with different majors ranging from biology, art, pre-med, pre-dental, and political science. Throughout the semester, they have a handful of in-class assignments and homework with two major projects: a midterm project and a final course project.
Krista Havens, junior chemistry major with a minor in art, said she “really enjoys the class because it encourages us to learn without the confines of a textbook. We are able to bring our own ideas to life with the guidelines of Dr. Hauger and Dr. Onofrio.”
According to the class syllabus, there are no pre-requisites for this class except for an “I’ll-give-it-a-try” attitude. Also, there is no textbook needed for this class but a laptop that can run the Arduino platform and a lab notebook/sketchbook are required.
If anyone is interested in taking the course, it is offered every spring semester and it last 75 minutes.