Photos: Bryan C. Neumann

Members of the VCL spent this past Saturday illuminating the magical world of computer graphics for some of the community’s younger folk. The event was a Dartmouth community outreach program called Science Day, where graduate students across campus teach kids about their area of research and lead simple hands-on activities.

Kids had lots of fun learning about how their favorite characters from movies and video games make it to their screens. They learned a basic ray tracing algorithm for creating a pixel-based image from a 3D scene by acting it out in real life with simple props and a laser. We made some good headway on our images but may need more helping hands next year to fill out every pixel!