Application areas for Media Arts Technology skills exist in a broad
number of professional disciplines. Students will have the opportunity
to refine skills needed to qualify for employment in new technologies
organizations already using digital tools like programming and 3D
modeling to "build" presentations. Maui's Pacific Disaster
Center or Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) are two such
local organizations. A look through a list of government organizations
and private enterprises in the community offers many opportunities.
Here are some application areas that support some of Maui's special
Ocean Ecology; Models
of Reef Ecology
Language Study; Models of Syntax and Application; Hawaiian
for Geographically Disparate Participants
Futures Study and Community
Virtual Entrance to the Worlds of Literature and Music
Models for Recycling, Alternative Energy, Agriculture
Water Management, Food supply, Land Use
Wildlife and Endangered
Human Services Agencies;
Models for Vocational Rehabilitation
Plant Technology; Alternative Agriculture
The Fine Arts, including
Innovation and Historic
Preservation; Models of Hawaii Past, Present, and Future
A model of a reef ecology would involve building models, programming
behaviors, including winds, currents, and behaviors of land inhabitants.
By “tweaking” the behaviors, students can make observations of changes
in the model in real time, in ways that would otherwise be hard to
study. This is a field with great potential for penetrating research
and development in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Creating Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) is much closer than
"From driving your car without at tune-up for one hundred
thousand miles to the kind of things that yesterday's science fiction
were made of such as genetic engineering, it’s not easy to imagine
our world without the amenities of advanced computer technologies
that improve our quality of living. But these technological advancements,
and more, are not being utilized where we need them most; in the
education of the world’s children.
The only part of the planet’s integration into advanced computer
technologies that has not yet evolved is the process of education.
Imagine if a child didn’t just read about historical moments but
could live them; ask the local people questions, discuss strategies
with key historical figures, passively watch the activities or help
change the shape of the future.
Imagine if our educators are scriptwriters, artists and engineers
developing historical, mathematical, scientific and artistic interactive
scenarios. Each country designs the interactive experience of their
history. Students from around the world learn about their country
histories as well as other cultures from highly recognized teachers
who work together as 'creationists' of a renaissance in education.
Imagine a child as passionately involved in learning as they are
when playing a video game.
If you can imagine an advanced education system utilizing interactive
computer technologies uniting the children of the world, where all
children are actively stimulated and involved in learning and growing
together, it can be done."
Square USA, Honolulu Studio
These types of models can also be used in the arts - in the study and
creation of literature, visual arts including cinema, music, and other
art forms. Building them is a potentially powerful way to learn about
a language by putting its rules into action. In order for a character
in a simulation to be able to speak, that character must be programmed
within it the language's syntax, vocabulary, and concepts about idea
representation such as figures of speech and facial expressions. It
must also be able to link its 'experiences' in the simulation to these
Pacific Culture is an example of an area of study especially
fitting for development on Maui and therefore for application of this
program at Maui Community College.
creating a virtual world involving characters of Hawaiian mythology
using 3D modeling and image processing, programmed behaviors, sound
recording, compositing and editing software. Participants would be
able to immerse themselves into this environment and "experience"
ancient Hawaii first hand.
Written and Spoken
Hawaiian Language Study
Hawaiian Chant, Hula, and
other art forms
Tapa, Lei, Basketry
Social Structure and Customs
Endangered Plant and Animal Species