In the Spotlight: JR CNC Router Table

This senior design project was created by a team of mechanical engineering students, Josel De la Cruz, Ronald Valenzuela, Jeffrey Lim, and Raymond Persaud.  We didn’t know anything about router tables before looking through this project, but we thought it was a great example of how the OpenLab can be used to organize and showcase group projects.  It turns out we learned something new, too!

In the Spotlight: Not Only the Dead Know Brooklyn

This week we’re featuring Professor Rob Ostrom’s ENG 1101 section, Not Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.  Students have just posted some excellent multimedia presentations, in which each group researched a neighborhood in Brooklyn and explored the changes in that neighborhood over time. Students did a great job, and have posted their work on the course site in multiple formats including video, sound, and Prezi and PowerPoint presentations.  Take a look!

In the Spotlight: Biomedical Informatics Club

This club, for students interested in the new Biomedical Informatics major at City Tech, has a great site featuring lots of information on club and other local activities and events.  It also includes resources on jobs, internships, and the field of Biomedical Informatics in general. We’re happy to see them on the OpenLab!

In the Spotlight: Culinary Tourism

Professor Michael Krondl‘s Culinary Tourism course is, as the site tagline says, “exploring New York’s exciting food landscape,” and one of the great things about the course site is that it shares those experiences with us on the OpenLab!  The class has already taken a few culinary field trips–or walking food tours–of the Flatiron, Astoria, and Williamsburg neighborhoods, during which they sampled food in each neighborhood and wrote about their experience on the course site.  By the end of the semester students will be creating a culinary walking tour of their own.  They’ve also been trying out a new food and blogging about it, under the “food first” category.  In addition to the great interactive work students are doing, the site includes many resources for all the foodies out there in the Blogroll and Links sections in the right-hand sidebar.  Check it out!

In the Spotlight: Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing: Adventures with Image & Text

“Ways of Seeing” is a First Year Learning Community for ADGA students who are taking Professor Jenna Spevak’s Graphic Design Principles I and Professor Jody Rosen’s English Composition I courses.  Students are creatively reflecting on the world around them through image and text, from New York City more generally, to local field trips, City Tech, the view from their window, and more.  The course site is well-structured, making it easy to browse through the projects for both courses.  Students have also created ePortfolios, which can be accessed from the course profile. Do take a look at their great work!

In the Spotlight: “The Art of Food”

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FIRST YEAR LEARNING COMMUNITY: ”The Art of Food” HMGT1203/1204 & ARTH1100

“The Art of Food” is an exciting learning community between Professor Garcelon’s Culinary I, Professor Jacus’s Baking & Pastry I, and Professor Cheng’s History of Photography courses.  In their course, their students explore whether or not it’s possible to appreciate food like a work of art and how food can be viewed in terms of aesthetic categories like beauty and taste.  The course site is very dynamic and very well-structured with great multimedia assignments from photographing food texture to blogging about Civil War soldier’s diets and foods that would be impossible to live without!  Take a look and enjoy!

In The Spotlight: #TheGuide

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#TheGuide

#TheGuide project, organized by Professor Karen Goodlad in the Hospitality Management department and Professor Laura Westengard in the English department, and created by their students, offers the OpenLab community a friendly neighborhood guide to local resources ranging from information about college skills, to tours of Brooklyn Bridge Park, to where to find the best local grub! This site is very well-organized and makes good use of widgets in the right-hand sidebar. Just check out all of those great categories! This site is a great example of how collaborative work done on the OpenLab can benefit the entire City Tech community.

In the Spotlight: Our Places: How We Commemorate

Our Places: How We Commemorate

This project is associated with Mary Sue Donsky’s LAW 2301 course, Estates, Trusts, and Wills.  Students  researched a commemoration for someone who had died, and posted photos and descriptions of the  commemoration sites, which were located in neighborhoods all over the city.  The types of commemorations were diverse, ranging from buildings, sculptures, photographs, street signs, and murals.  The work provides a deeper look at sites we might normally just pass by each day without taking much notice.

In the Spotlight: Skateboard Filming

Skateboard Filming – Muhammad Floyd

Another site from Jennifer Sears’s Advanced Career Writing course, Muhammad Floyd’s blog is about his passion for making skating videos.  He writes helpful reviews and provides advice about equipment and software.  We especially like how he includes video reviews he has created himself.  Also be sure to check out the link included on the About page to one of his skating videos. While the blog is focused on skateboarding, the information Muhammad provides would be helpful for anyone with an interest in video, especially related to shooting sports or other kinds of action.

In the Spotlight: Robots in Space

Robots in Space – Husaan Iqbal

Husaan Iqbal created this blog as a project in Jennifer Sears’s Advanced Career Writing course, which we’ve written about elsewhere.  A mechanical engineering major and aircraft maintenance engineer, Husaan writes enthusiastically about air and space travel, and the rapidly advancing field of robotics.  His site is also well-organized, with categories and tags that visitors can use to find posts on different topics.