This summer, the AVE program sponsored two camps for local high schools to come to the LSUS campus and gain a better understanding of the STEM fields.
Now in its second year, the Animation and Visual Effects Academy took place in July, sponsored by LAPrep. Twenty student from the area came to LSUS and learned with different instructors modules on photoshop and storyboarding, film-making and live action shooting, and also visual effects and compositing. The film was premiered at the Robinson Film Center to a packed house.
In its inaugural year, the AVE Physics and Rocketry Cyber Discovery Camp challenged students to create a bottle rocket, model it in 3d and then create a film about their experiences. Six teams from local high schools stayed in the University housing and listened to lectures from LSUS faculty, experimented with designs in the Science and Computing labs, and learnt about the space race of the 50s and 60s. Homer Hickam, author of the best-selling book Rocket Boys which was the inspiration for the movie October Sky, also spoke to students via Skype. The camp was with support from the Cyber Innovation Center and Louisiana Tech and was a fantastic success.