Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Darci Connor Maresca
Project Manager, Sustainability Programming
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
One of the immersive programs that UMass Amherst offers is "CityLab".

CityLab is a two-week immersive program for students interested in exploring building construction, sustainability, engineering, architecture, and technology-related career paths.

The BCT CityLab course format includes a series of daily hands-on activities including construction site tours, use of emergent technologies (drones, infrared cameras, air quality testing, AR/VR), software (Fusion 360, SketchUp, Minecraft, AutoCAD), and fabrication tools (specialty 3D printers/lasers, hand/power tools, industrial sewing machines, CNC equipment). Students also conduct science lab experiments and participate in service-learning activities. The learning experience culminates with a design-build competition with industry professionals, partners and community organizations.

Students in this course will learn by doing – they will explore and apply building science principles in the real-world classroom of the Boston Metro region, while based at the Mount Ida Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, located in Newton.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
COVID put many of the university's immersive learning programs on hold. However, immersive programs are starting to relaunch.

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