Education Committee Annual Report for 2001/2002 Year

The Education Committee of the ACM SIGGRAPH organization has been in existence for 18 years and depends on volunteers to carry on its educational activities. The committee has two types of activities: annual conference related activities and resource development related activities. Each year the committee holds its annual planning at the annual conference and at the grant review meeting.

This report covers the work done by the committee during the 2001/2002 fiscal years. The report covers the events that took place at the 2001 conference in Los Angles and during the fiscal year.

Conference Related Activities

The education committee booth at the conference is the major source of contact with the education community and opportunity to contact new volunteers. In addition to the booth, we had a display area for the results of the SPACE (Student Posters and Animation Competition and Exhibition) competition. This last year there were over 200 poster entries and over 100 animation entries. In addition to the exhibit at the conference the winning posters and the animation traveled both nationally and internationally throughout the year.

This was the fifth year for SPICE (Student Projects for Interactive Concepts in Education), a juried competition. This year the SPICE competition emphasize interactive WEB based projects. We had a total of 50 entries, up from 7 last year. A CD of the SPICE will be played at the booth on a PC and also traveled with the exhibitions during the year.

The education grant program historically has provided conference access grants to faculty. This past year the grant program was revised to focus on non-north American educators and to provide grants for access, travel and housing. This was in conjunction with the Executive Committee's emphasis on international involvement. The EC increased the budget to support this program. We received 7 proposals and the review committee selected 6 faculty members. All grantees institutions provided some level of support. The grantees were from Botswana, China, Britain, Two from Venezuela, and one from Brazil.

WEB Site

Rhonda Schauer made a major revision to the education web site and cleaned up the existing information. She continues to supports the WEB site. See the site at http://www.siggraph.org/education/.

Education Directory

Jamie Mohler's student completed the revision of the education directory. See the site at http://www.neoweb.net/sigindex.htm. The new site uses current technology and will be much easier to maintain. A major effort this coming year will be to make improvements to the directory's capabilities.

Education Resource Activities

The committee has a number of curriculum projects in various graphics areas in the planning stages. Some projects have not progressed, and the new Director for Education will evaluate the projects.

The animation project had a second planning meeting in Los Angeles, but the project required a budget and technical capability beyond the education committee's resources. The chair continues to work on the project and will redefine the goals.

The committee for Arts and Computer Science resource projects was put in limbo for a year while the two co-chairs worked on the 2001 conference. The project has a very well defined plan and the co-chairs are available this coming year and are committed to completing this project. With Rhonda Schauer's help they have started a web-based repository for the information.

This year a new project was begun with the help of a grant from NCGA. A campfire was held in Snowbird Utah in June and the results and recommendations will be available on the web soon. The consensus was that the campfire was successful and a follow-up is planned.

New Director

Werner Hansmann, was elected as the Director for Education and his tenure will begin July 1, 2002.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Michael B. McGrath, Director for Education