TCS 198 / CHE 298 * | Winter 2012 | FRI, 10am-5pm | 207 Cruess Hall
Instructor Permission. Enrollment Limited. Application required.
Contact: sphartzog@ucdavis.edu
Stephen Hartzog

Students will collaborate to create interactive multimedia in a studio setting. The topic: the science and technology of sustainability. The audience: middle to high school students. The approach: emergent, with the form and content generated through the interaction among the students, faculty and visitors. Students of sciences, arts, education and any other interested upper division and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this interdisciplinary experiment.

Course Process Website:

Student Created

Students will work in teams to determine the product from conceptualization, to design, to implementation, under the guidance of the instructor and invited guests. We need self-directed, highly motivated students who will take responsibility for leading in their area of expertise and take the initiative in communicating with their course colleagues.

Online Interactive Multimedia

Our challenge will be to make “digital native” works exploiting the unique potential of the medium. We must develop an integration of content and form, combining elements of text, image, sound, video and animation in a networked architecture. We must communicate effectively in the non-linear, user-directed forum of the internet.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

To accomplish our goal, we seek a wide range of students to work in a heterogeneous team. Many will have a programming background; all will have an interest in developing interactive media for the internet. We need content specialists in sciences and education. We need artists in interactive and graphic design, in time-based media. We need writers, editors and managers. We are open to any enthusiastic applicant. The breadth and diversity of the class will enrich the course, encourage discussion and perhaps in itself lead to emergent phenomena.

Science and Sustainability

We aim to develop STEM outreach materials on the science and technology of sustainability, climate change and the environment that will expand and complement the activities of the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (see, for example, their climate change manual), LabRats and other middle and high school science programs.

Related Links from ICAM

An Interview with Steve Hartzog, Instructor of TCS 198 – ICAM News

ICAM, Wolf Ridge, and UC-Davis Combine Efforts in a Youth-Oriented Science Education Initiative – ICAM News

An online interactive science outreach site targeted at a older audience, internet-savvy 17 – 35 year olds. (requires Flash)

How to Apply  

Email a statement of interest to participate to sphartzog@ucdavis.edu. Explain why and how you would like to participate in this collaboration, how you could benefit, what you think you would bring to the group, etc.. Where applicable, include samples of your work or links to online examples. Please do not send files larger than 1 MB; contact instructor to arrange transfer of larger files.

Enrollment is by instructor permission only. The CRN# must be obtained from the instructor. Applications will be accepted until the close of registration. On November 16th, preliminary decisions will be announced for students who apply by November 12th. Class size is limited so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure full consideration of your application.

Credit Available  

Four units of credit are available as TCS 198 and as CHE 298. Upper Division Studio credit in Design may also be available. For CHE 298 registration details, please contact instructor Alexandra Navrotsky: anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu. For other arrangements speak with the student adviser in your major.

Project Result, 2012:

Carbon Story

The result of our interdisciplinary collaboration is this prototype for an interactive carbon cycle narrative, complete with sound and text, illustration and animation. Enjoy!

What we don’t know, we teach one another.
– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Above all, it is important to be adaptive, to avoid predetermined curricula, predetermined courses, encourage student input into course and curriculum development, and always encourage students to learn from one another.
– David Pines, Co-Founder, ICAM
“Designing a University for the Millenium: A Santa Fe Institute Perspective“