Interactive displays at NAIT Open House highlight hands-on learning
Open House 2014 will feature over 100 displays and interactive exhibits showcasing NAIT’s wide range of hands-on programs that prepare students with the skills to have an immediate impact in their chosen fields.
As one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, NAIT is committed to student success. Over 90% of graduates find employment within a year of graduation. Open House is NAIT’s largest annual recruitment event, regularly attracting over 13,000 visitors.
NAIT Main Campus (various locations)
11762 106 St. NW
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The Digital Media and IT program will demonstrate a motion capture suit. In the motion picture and video game development industries, motion capture is the process of recording the movement of people. Motion capture suits are equipment with sensors that record this movement. The information is then used to animate digital character models. Staff and students will also be on hand to demonstrate serious games developed to aid in patient rehabilitation as well as Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality technology.
• The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will unveil a ‘cool’ ookpik made in-house from copper piping linked to a refrigeration unit. When the refrigeration unit is activated, a layer of frost forms and the object takes the shape of an ookpik – NAIT’s mascot.
• The Automotive Service Technician program is bringing in a number of high-performance vehicles, including a 2015 Jaguar and a 4,000 horse-power funny car capable of doing a quarter mile in five seconds. These are examples of vehicles graduates may end up working on. (Rooms A109, A111 and A113)
• The Alternative Energy Technology program will offer tours of the NAIT Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies. The centre houses solar electric, solar thermal, geothermal, wind, microhydro and many other leading energy technologies. The program has supported applied research in the areas of fuel cell, solar electric, solar thermal and biofuel systems.
• The Respiratory Therapy program will demonstrate how a mechanically-ventilated mannequin is used to teach students important skills. This life-like mannequin, controlled by a computer, is able to simulate a number of different human functions, including breathing and coughing. (Room E217).
• The Denturist Technology program will showcase its modern dental clinic. Students and faculty will take impressions of visitors’ thumbs, and use these to make personalized key chains utilizing the same technology used in the creation of dentures. The program will also have a VELscope on display, a tool used to discover tissue abnormalities, which is helpful in the early detection of oral cancer. (Room F211)
• The Auto Body Technician program will showcase its VirtualPaint training system, which simulates the sights and sounds of a real paint booth. This system was initially developed for the U.S. Army to train technicians how to correctly apply anti-radar coatings.
View the Open House 2014 webpage www.nait.ca/openhouse for a schedule of events.
Frank Landry (on site contact for Friday)
NAIT Media Relations
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Racheal Kennedy (on site contact for Saturday)
NAIT Recruitment Events Coordinator
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