Good Reaction to REaCTOR Project
Doncaster College hosted an event at the Hub’s
Waterfront Restaurant to celebrate the successful completion of its
The project, named the Renewable, Environmental and Construction
Technology Open Resources project and developed by the FusedWorks
team at Doncaster College, was a year in the making and funded by
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) who champion the use of
digital technology to ensure the UK remains world-class in
research, teaching and learning, and the Higher Education Academy
at the University Centre Doncaster.
The overall aim of the project was to create a set of 3d
teaching and learning resources for use by built environment
lecturers and students in both higher and further education. The
resources demonstrate these complex technologies whilst in a safe,
virtual setting. They also reveal the mechanics of how they work
and demonstrate their impact on the environment.
The REaCTOR Project has 8 different resources that focus on
renewable technologies. They are Solar Photovoltaic, Solar thermal,
ground and air source heat pumps, biomass, Rainwater harvesting,
wind power, greywater use and technology comparison.
A new website http://reactor.fusedworks.com
has been launched where these teaching and business aids are free
FusedWorks also produced a survey to extract feedback about the
project and a competition, with prizes, was launched and aimed at
the business and education sectors.
Two lucky winners, Emma Simpson and Matt Diggle, representing
the business and education sectors respectively, were invited to
the event along with staff, students, external organisations and
funding bodies and were treated to canapés and a hot buffet
produced and served by students from the College’s Hospitality and
After a presentation on the project by the REaCTOR team, Emma
and Matt received an Apple ipad 3 each, from George Trow, Principal
and Chief Executive of Doncaster College.
Emma, 33, is graphic designer from Lindholme, near Doncaster,
and works for Trador Marketing in Armthorpe and Matt is a lecturer
in environmental technologies at Leeds College of Building.