We are exploring art and the creative process in STEM education for K-12 and university level settings. We are focused on the intersection of pedagogy, the arts, creativity and the creative process, and physical learning environments.

Create! (A colloquium by Dr. Liesl Baum and Dr. Benjamin R. Knapp)

Fall 2013

Tuesdays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm at ICAT STUDIOne

From smart phones to automobiles, understanding the human genome to exploring social networks, scientific and technological innovation is the result of the work of not just scientists and engineers, but artists and designers as well. The challenges of the 21st century demand creative processes that stem from the realization that design, aesthetic, and technological development have become symbiotic. Form no longer follows function; form and function are inseparable. In this colloquium we will be discussing and analyzing the creative process in the context of working on trans-disciplinary projects in a studio environment. We will explore innovation by combining the diverse perspectives of the artist, designer, engineer, and scientist.

Origins of Innovation

Fall 2013

Tuesdays, 9:00am - 12:00 noon

What is innovation? Where does it come from? What are its values? How are innovative careers made? Using collaborative student-directed inquiry, this graduate seminar investigates how innovation has become the dominant organizing frame for knowledge work across the arts, design, engineering, and sciences. Open to all graduate students, but space is limited. Students from design, engineering, and science disciplines are especially encouraged. Openness to collaboration and reflection is an absolute must. Contact Matt Wisnioski at with a statement of interest of one to two paragraphs.

Computer Music and Multimedia Design (MUS3065-6 sequence for undergraduates and MUS5984 for graduates) by Dr. Charles Nichols

Fall 2013

This is a two-semester core DISIS course focusing on the Max/MSP/Jitter interactive multimedia software development environment, interfacing with external input devices (e.g. sensors and motes) and other multimedia development platforms (e.g. Blender and/or Unity3D). The course covers real-time interactive multimedia art composition and performance, including algorithmic manipulation of sound, video, and 3D content, as well as the design of hyperinstruments, installations, and virtual interfaces and is open to all majors.

Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) (MUS3114) by Dr. Charles Nichols

Fall 2013

MUS3114 introduced in the Fall of 2009 is the World's first Linux laptop Orchestra. DISIS/ICAT’s L2Ork explores the power of gesture, communal interaction, and the multidimensionality of arts, as well as technology’s potential to seamlessly integrate arts and sciences with particular focus on K-12 education. This 15+ member ensemble course is open to all VT students and Faculty and allows engagement as a performer (1 ensemble credit) or as a creative researcher/composer (3 lecture/lab credits).

The Startup Class

Spring 2014

The Startup Class is a course for teams of students who are interested in learning to become technology leaders and innovators through exploring best practices for starting a company. Click here for more details.

Ensemble course MUS 3314 (CRN 15207)

Spring 2013

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7pm in DISIS