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Hello and welcome to ISCI 104!

The website you are at right now will be the primary source of information for our class, so save this link! You can find all class assignments, blog posts, and resources along the top menu bar. As the course progresses, you and the other students in the class will submit your work as public blog posts on this website. The sidebar at the left has links to our key online tools, as well as filters for viewing future blog posts by project category.

This is a TuTh second-block class that runs from the week after Spring Break until the end of the semester. We will be using Canvas for assignment submission, peer review, and grades. If you need to contact me please send me an email with “ISCI 104” as part of the subject line.

Structure and content

Our explorations of problem solving and iteration in this course will be supported by 3D printing and design in the JMU 3SPACE Classroom. This will be a highly digital course and we will be using the internet as our primary textbook. We will use both online and locally installed 3D design software and coding programs, and make use of online collaboration and publication tools. The main objective of this class is to put you in a hands-on environment where you can apply modern problem solving approaches such as design thinking, project iteration, and independent learning.

Required materials

If you keep your 3D prints relatively small in this class then you should not need to purchase any filament for the machines. However, if you choose to print larger items, or a large number of items, or to print with dissolvable support material, then you may be required to contribute a roll of filament to the classroom (about $50).