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University of Grenada, Spain: Oscilloscope Instruction

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synthesizerThe University of Granada, in Spain use Blender to create educational material for their courses. Last year, they published a video on Solid State Physics. This year, a video that instructs students on the use of an oscilloscope.

Francisco M. Gómez-Campos wrote:

I'm Francisco Manuel Gómez Campos, from University of Granada, in Spain. About one year ago I submitted news to BlenderNation with regard to a video we made using Blender conceived as a complement of traditional lectures for teaching Physics. It was an excellent way of obtaining feedback from the blender user community, and I'm very grateful for that.

Right now we have finished another video. This time we tried to take advantage of the feedback obtained in the last release, and we also tried to go much further than in the previous video. We used many of the capabilities of Blender both in animation and video edition, and we would like to let the community know about our last efforts. We know we have to improve a lot, but we are in our very first steps, so every feedback is welcomed.

In this time we tried to show the way an oscilloscope works (a measuring tool used in the electrical engineering lab). This time we used a voice synthesizer for generating the explanations (a freely available demo at the internet). We used a videocamera to obtain the image in the screen of a "real" oscilloscope, and used UV texturing to apply it on the screen of the "virtual" oscilloscope. We modelled, rigged and textured the hand in the video, and we also carried out the animation process.

Everything is in Spanish, because it has been developed for being used at University of Granada (we received the support to do this video from this institution). The video is published in YouTube:

It is released under a creative commons license. Comments are welcomed.

P. S.: By the way, this video has attracted much attention from its release. More than 20 visits/day in average, mainly from South America, and excellent valoration by users from Mexico and Spain!!

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8 Comments

  1. Very good demonstration.

    I have worked 24 years in electronics and 15 of these years were in metrology, so this video reminds me something ! The CG hand is not perfect, but from the teaching point of view, the video is very good. Congratulations.

  2. Nice work of an instructional video. I liked the Array of cubes rotating around the school's logo as an artistic touch and would like to know how you did that. The music was good and I bet the music run through the oscilloscope would also make an interesting visual effect. I am surprised that more schools do not use Blender for creating educational materials.

  3. Unsettlingsilence on

    Muy bien echo, very well done!

    ByronK, I am a teacher and I have used blender now for years. I have made math games, shape tutorials, voting booths for a mock election, and I teach geometry, art, and astronomy all with blender. And soon to be better with 2.5 when I can customize the interface. This will help me to better control the things to which the students have access and with fewer problems, allow me to cover more ground. Blender is on all the computers at the college also. It's a great tool, and you are right, more schools should adopt it, along with Inkscape, Gimp, Audacity, Scratch and other free and Opensource tools. Why teach kids tools they can't afford? My kids can go home and download any of these tools and practice with exactly what they learned in class.

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