Partners : Académie de Créteil, AFPA, CESI, Dassault Systèmes, Emissive, ENIB, INSA de Rouen, ORT France, Région Picardie (WinLab d’Amiens)

Start of project: April 2013

End of project: July 2016

Call: PIA – e-Education n°2

CESI Budget: 343.600 €

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The ambition of the EAST project is to restore the interest of young people towards STEMS, and to increase the status of professional and technological education, through innovative educational situations based on the study of real industrial objects or real technical systems.

The project proposes 3D virtual environments, allowing to learn by resolving concrete problems. In order to give meaning to learning, the objects which are studied are themselves objects that contribute to solve main contemporary issues such as renewable energies, non-polluting transport systems, etc. The issues raised around these objects can be addressed at different level, from secondary education to higher education, including professional and technical education. This is possible because companies associated to the project provided the complex digital models used in learning situations.

Main results

The project demonstrated that producing attractive 3D learning environments from companies digital assets (3D model of the GE 1.5 MW wind turbine ; plans of the Thermulis thermal power station ; and their technical specifications) was feasible.

It has also demonstrated that considering pedagogical scenarios as external and modifiable data that are represented as UML diagrams, was also feasible when they are implemented as a library of primitives in a relevant programming environment (in this project, UNITY).

Finally, it has also demonstrated the diversity of possible usages of these simulators, for public of different levels, when they can access machines with appropriate configurations.

Near 3 200 learners, from Secondary School (Year 10) to the 4th year in Higher Education, tutored by more than sixty teachers, have experimented the simulator of the wind turbine, with a dozen of different pedagogical scenarios adapted to the different levels.

4 demonstrators were developed:

  • GE 1,5 MW wind turbine simulator
  • Learning security procedures to move inside the wind turbine
  • Learning a preventive maintenance procedure in the wind turbine (control of the gear box)
  • Simulator of a thermal power station with cogeneration.
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