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The Creation of an Immersive Environment to Provide Shop Equipment Training

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Wyatt John Ritchie


Marietta Scanlon Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus

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Dr. Marietta Scanlon holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, an SM in Metallurgy from MIT and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a Lecturer of Engineering in the Division of Engineering, Business and Computing at Penn State University, Berks Campus and serves as co-director of the FiERCE program. Her interests include 3D printing technologies as well as STEM education and outreach and innovative teaching delivery methods.

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The purpose of this project was to create an immersive environment to provide an introduction to machine shop equipment on the Penn State Berks campus. Using a 360o video camera, operational videos of a lathe, vertical band saw, horizontal band saw, mill, and arc welder were produced. The videos were edited to incorporate informational narration and processed for viewing on either a desktop computer, or with an immersive virtual reality (VR) headset. Videos were published and distributed such that the instructional videos could easily be incorporated into a curriculum. Results of the project will be assessed for both immersiveness as well as pedagogical value.

Ritchie, W. J., & Scanlon, M. (2017, October), The Creation of an Immersive Environment to Provide Shop Equipment Training Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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