UCSD brings powerful visualization to high school classroom

San Diego, Feb. 5, 2003 -- The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) today dedicated the Visualization Center at the Preuss School UCSD, a local middle/high school, to give teachers and students a dynamic and engaging tool for teaching and learning in Earth sciences, biology and other classes. The center will be hooked up to a high-performance network that will permit students to interact with university faculty and graduate students and work collaboratively with them on research projects. "This new center puts our school at the vanguard of new technologies that are reshaping and improving the way we teach, especially in the sciences," said Doris Alvarez, Principal of the Preuss School UCSD, which is located on the university's La Jolla campus. "We are deploying this technology years before it will reach most high schools, and we expect that by engaging students early on in the excitement of research, it will inspire more students to go into math, engineering and science-related careers."

The Visualization Center is funded as part of the National Science Foundation's OptIPuter project, an award made to UCSD and five other campuses in Fall 2002. The OptIPuter project brought together three technology institutions affiliated with UCSD that helped build the visualization center: the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)2], a partnership between UCSD and UC Irvine, and the Visualization Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The initial subject matter on Earth sciences was designed by researchers at Scripps and the Geology Department of San Diego State University (SDSU).

The hardware and software installed in the visualization center has until now only been deployed at a limited number of universities. The GeoWall system consists of two projectors, a 7'x7' screen that permits three-dimensional viewing with a very bright image (3,000 lumens), and a high-end

Contact: Doug Ramsey
University of California - San Diego

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