Learning to work

Thierry Collet looks at the impact of 3D technology on education and how it’s changing perceptions and the business of teaching

World wider web

Our company’s 3D technology is used by five million students in over 35,000 locations around the world at primary, secondary, college and university levels. Some of them are learning to use our 3DEXPERIENCE for Academia solutions itself, while others use it as a facilitator to study across a wide range of curriculum subjects.

At Harvard University, Egyptian archaeology is taught using our 3D simulation software. The same 3D modelling software that is used to design develop and make consumer products, aeroplanes and cars has been deployed to reconstruct artefacts and locations from ancient Egypt. Now a huge archive of photographs, objects and notes collected by the university and museums can be viewed at any time, by any number of students, without fear of damage or the need to travel to the highly restricted Giza Plateau itself.

STEM cells

A serious problem currently facing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is that students learn each subject in isolation. In a world of work where cross-disciplinary and cross-organisational team skills are valued this is an obvious disadvantage to job seekers and employers.

Dassault Systèmes is working with several universities developing solutions to overcome this problem. This involves international teams of STEM students bringing their different disciplines together in real time on the same projects. They use of data-rich ‘intelligent’ 3D digital cloud hosted models as a shared resource to collaborate around.

International student uprising

In the 10-18 age group, eleven thousand French children enter ‘Course en Cours’ every year. They have to invent, design and build a remote controlled racing car powered by an electric motor. This taught them a range of skills including, mathematics, physics, research, engineering and design as well as marketing, logistics, and communications.

Ministries in African countries that we work with are rapidly innovating education systems because schools cannot be built and staffed fast enough. The solution is to transform MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) from a static one-way medium into immersive, interactive virtual environments where 3D models with full logic will illustrate what is being taught. Arduino (open source electronics hardware) cards, robot arms and 3D printing can also be introduced to compliment the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for Academia.

Merging the virtual 3D digital and physical worlds means students can learn together in new ways. This helps them to leave education and go straight into a job equipped with skills that employers need.

Thierry Collet is Vice-President Global Academia and Education at The 3DEXPERIENCE Company, Dassault Systèmes – Europe’s second largest software company. For more information please visit: https://academy.3ds.com/lab/