The InterEDU (Interactive Education for an Engineer) project was the first world joint research project, developed in Quazar3D with a special emphasis on exploration, building educational content and supporting tools for teaching Mechanical Engineering subjects. InterEDU was developed for Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Silesian University of Technology. Based on i3D employees experience and university academics knowledge, the partners created over 300 new lectures and exercise units by using virtual simulations and 3D technology covering topics such as: Applied Informatics, Applied Mechanics, Automation & Robotics, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Biomechanics, Mechanical engineering and Molding.
The main assumption for InterEDU project with its 300+ various virtual applications is the principle that students should be able to solve problems interactively, and if necessary guided intelligently. The learning process with the use of real time simulations, not only covers conceptual skills, but also reinforces both cognitive and procedural skills. InterEDU allows the student to learn concepts through 3D visual examples and then acts towards the correct solution hence reinforcing the process of learning. The student essentially interacts with intelligent spatial models which in turn effect or perceive changes in the simulated environment back to the student who then makes decisions based upon their own perceptions of the situation. For example, in technical troubleshooting applications the learner must diagnose a randomly generated or typical problem. Student is provided with all the resources that would normally be available on the job by User Interface, but is not provided with any clues as to the order in which each resource should be used. This is different than just having the student follow a procedure to diagnose a problem because the simulated environment could react differently to different user actions. The learner is not given any indication as to what to do next, so the simulation truly monitors how the learner reacts to different situations and how the student adapts to unexpected output. Such an approach provides the most realistic environment in which the student can safely learn technical skills as well as soft skills such as problem solving, although more traditional applications where certain steps need to be followed are also provided.
i3D's InterEDU project won the international LAVAL VIRTUAL Awards 2013 competition in the category of ”Engineering, Maintenance & Training”.