Advanced Video Camera and Editing

The Grand Challenge

"Our Space, Our Future"

Have you every wondered how space exploration impacts you? From toothpaste to cosmetics, water purification to cordless vacuums, liquid metal to sports equipment, cleaner-burning engines to improved welding, earlier warning systems for severe weather and conducting real-time mapping for hazard mitigation -- you'd be surprised just how much space is everywhere in your life.

Click on this NASA interactive Trace space back to you to learn more.

Our major assignment this semester is to cover stories about CU's Grand Challenge initiative. Researchers, educators, employees and students will work collaboratively on understanding how space-based technologies and innovations can impact our daily lives. CU Boulder is already well-established as a leader in Earth and Aero-Space technology. Under the Grand Challenge umbrella, a number of proposals were considered, each representing particular strengths of the CU community. Two major proposals and a number of smaller projects were accepted, and that's where our class comes in!

Under the category, "Just Do It", the CMCI video podcast series CU Science Update was awarded funds from the provost's office to produce stories about CU's Grand Challenge efforts. In addition to funding from the Grand Challenge, CU Science Update is also the recipient of a generous grant from the William R. Payden Foundation. The additional funding helped pay for new, more advanced gear to be used exclusively by Advanced Camera and Editing students who will be producing the newest edition of CU Science Update!

Learn more about CU Science Update.

Actually, we'll be producing two shows, or one-and-a-half shows that will be based on the following:

  1. Grand Challenge Overview - a short video that summarises the Grand Challenge mission, which might use animation produced by After Effects
  2. "Turning Observations into Action" - a full show detailing the objectives of the two chosen proposals"
  • Earth Lab - the integration, analysis and application of Earth Observations to understand and address complex environmental challenges
  • Integrated Remote and In-Situ Sensing Systems (IRISS): integrating satellite, airborne and in-situ observations for scientific and societal purposes with a particular focus on unmanned aerial vehicles. Download the background paper about CU's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Please make the time to ready fully.
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The work we do will help showcase Grand Challenge efforts and help the public understand the initiatives. 
A number of events are planned for fall semester, including the big Grand Challenge debut event to be held in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science during much of Friday, 18 September.

Here's a short list of Grand Challenge activities where we will want to take our cameras and get interviews:
  • Grand Challenge Debut, Friday, 18 September, 11:30am to 6:30pm - we might consider not having class this day so you can attend the event. Learn about the Draft Agenda for the event.
  • Space Month - 14 September through 17 October there will be a variety of activities on campus that will include exhibits, film screenings and even a homecoming event with astronauts.

Also, the Research & Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) already invited us to get footage at one of their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) field deployments between now and October.

More information to follow!