The Brains for Business – Campuses take the lead in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship

Chenn Zhou, Ph. D., director of Purdue Calumet's CIVS standing in the Immersive Theater

Education and entrepreneurship. It’s a winning combination that’s only going to become more prominent in years to come. Institutions of higher education are teaching students the skills they need to start their own small businesses so they earn a livelihood or maybe even become millionaires (think Mark Zuckerberg). And more important, their innovations may make the world a better place. Universities are going way beyond the classroom experience. They’re paving the way for entrepreneurship with experiential learning, innovative programs, financial incentives and crucial support. Whether they help community members create low-tech businesses or engineer opportunities for faculty researchers to partner with students and launch high-tech, bioscience-related startups, it’s all important to the economic development of Northwest Indiana.

CIVS Aids Push for STEM Education in Girls

Two girls from Munster Mints pose as Mike Wang scanned their images into the computer

CIVS hosted the Munster Mints service unit to encourage STEM participation by demonstrating how advanced technologies can help solve real-world problems as a part of Munster Mints Day Camp along with Purdue University Calumet on July 21. There was be 4 groups of 18 to 25 girls, grades 4 through 8 visiting CIVS throughout the day. Each group of girl scouts participated in a 3D Immersive theater presentation, a 3D scanning and printing demonstration and had a chance to experience Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality via Google Glasses and Oculus Rift.

Students Learn about Hunger in 3-D Designs

Taken from Post-Tribune, Written by Michael Gonzalez. Published July 19, 2014. [Opens in New Window] HAMMOND — With a remote control in hand, Jack Moreland made the seven-foot, three-dimensional structure of food cans and boxes twirl and drop, expand and contract, even taking a viewer through the structure. “We can see what it will…
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‘Canstruction’ students get help with design from CIVS

Summer Molitor, center, 11, and Kennedy Silberhorn, left, 10, from the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Lake view a 3-D computer model of their structure to be built entirely out of canned food during the Superheros Against Hunger Canstruction event at Purdue University Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation in Hammond. At the end of the event, all food will be donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

Taken from the NWI Times website, Written by Andrew Steele. Published July 17, 2014. [Opens in New Window] HAMMOND | Middle schoolers from throughout Northwest Indiana have gathered at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Visualization and Simulation to get a realistic look at the designs they’ve created for the “Canstruction” The project has the…
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Grant Will Help Steel Industry See and Plan for Years to Come


Taken from the Smart Business website, Written by the Chenn Zhou. Published July 1, 2014. [Opens in New Window] Taken from the Smart Business Magazine. Written by the Chenn Zhou. Published July 1, 2014. [Opens in New Window] No one has ever seen how iron ore is turned into liquid metal inside a blast…
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