Welcome to The STEM Artist, my name is Dan Cornell and I have been teaching the digital arts since 1998. I created this site to share my ideas, thoughts and teaching philosophy within the digital arts field. My program Digital-Evolutions has a full 360 approach to STEM and the Arts, exploring all aspects of the industry from medical and engineering to fine arts, and of course entertainment. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, suggestions, or questions you have. - Cornell

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Creative Process: TED Radio Hour

Thomas Edison once said,

"Is it an original idea? Or is it something where you're literally a creative collagist? You're taking pieces of the world that you see around you and that are inside of you and put them together in a way that you see fit." — Abigail Washburn

How are we inspired? How do we get from an initial inkling of idea to a fully formed work of art? It's often challenging to describe the creative process. In this hour we'll hear from some TED speakers — a poet, a novelist and a singer/songwriter — who explore their craft and the daily challenge of nurturing creativity.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Imagination Meets Inspiration: Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe

Where do ideas come  from?  Do Sci-fi writers influence future technologies?  I just watched ‘Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe’  . . . VERY COOL!!! 


Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe
Premiere Date:May 15, 2013 - 10:00-12:01AM ET

Is building our own starship Enterprise possible? Will we ever travel between the stars as easily as they do in Star Trek? JJ Abrams' new feature, Star Trek Into Darkness, hits the screen in a golden age of scientific discoveries. HISTORY is there, giving viewers a deep look behind the scenes, on the set, and into the science–amazing new exoplanets, the physics of Warp drive, and the ideas behind how we might one day live in a Star Trek Universe.

Upcoming Airings:
  • May 16, 2013 - 02:01-04:02AM ET
  • May 19, 2013 - 01:00-03:01PM ET
  • May 22, 2013 - 09:00-11:00PM ET
  • May 23, 2013 - 01:00-03:00AM ET


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Check Out WeaveSilk.com


It is a very simple, interactive, algorithmic, geometric, web-based painting program.  Enough said . . . Check it out.  


My fun attempt . . .


Friday, May 3, 2013

GET INSPIRED! Ford GT-40: The Spirit of Speed Trapped in a Machine

Check out this Industrial Design concept video:  This is a demo reel showing the Ford GT-40, entirely created by Luis E. Nieves, a digital artist based in Northern California. Software used include Autodesk Maya, Mental Ray and Adobe After Effects. Special thanks to Ivan Panqueva for doing the music. In addition is the making-of tutorial: Making of Ford GT-40 In Vegas



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GET INSPIRED! A Day Made of Glass 2 ... Made possible by Corning – Part 2.


"A Day Made of Glass 2," Corning's expanded vision for the future of glass technologies. This video continues the story of how highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world.  It is very cool!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

GET INSPIRED! A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning.


Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass.  It is very cool!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

GET INSPIRED! Hankook Tire: The Future of Tyre Design


OMG! Check out this Industrial Design concept video:  Hankook Tire: The Future of Tyre Design. VERY COOL!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2013 Spring GOT GAME? Competition–STEM FUSE

NEW Logo

Encourage your students to compete!

kids around computer

GOT GAME? Contest Details

Middle and high school students are invited to compete in our 2013 Spring

GOT GAME? competition.

  • This competition is open to students from 5th - 12th grades, competing in two divisions.
    • Junior Division:  5th - 8th Grades
    • Senior Division:  9th - 12th Grades


  • Games must be completely original and created using

    Game Maker or Game Maker Lite on Windows or Mac.  (The Lite version is available as a FREE download!)




  • Only one game submission per student 


Prize Information:

The following prizes will be awarded for each division:

1st Place

  • Student(s) - $250 Best Buy Gift Card   
  • School - FREE GAME:IT curriculum subscription (a $499 value!)

2nd Place

  • Student(s) - $200 Best Buy Gift Card  
  • School - FREE GAME:IT curriculum subscription (a $499 value!)

3rd Place

  • Student(s) - $150 Best Buy Gift Card  
  • School - FREE GAME:IT curriculum subscription  (a $499 value!)  

Submission Deadline:

11:59pm on

May 31, 2013


Winners will be announced

June 17, 2013

and the winning games will be posted on our website!

Students who have completed our GAME:IT course in school will have the skills they need to design a great game!

Check out our website for information on how you can offer GAME:IT in your high school!


Questions? E-mail


vHelix - Free-form DNA-nanostructure Design

Check out this cool Scientific Plugin for Maya . . .



Download the vHelix plugin for Autodesk Maya http://www.vhelix.net/

The plugin is available for the 64-bit versions of Autodesk Maya 2011, 2012 and 2013 under Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is currently not available for other versions of Maya and not for the 32-bit versions. The plugin might work with other versions of Maya but that has not been tested. If you are interested in using the plugin with another version of Autodesk Maya, you will need to download the source and compile the module for your system.

The plugin is hosted https://github.com/gardell/vHelix The files hosted there are updated regularly with fixes and new features, but might also suffer from regression.

Installation instructions at the github repository are given in the given on the first page of the repository at https://github.com/gardell/vHelix or directly at https://github.com/gardell/vHelix/blob/master/README.md. The instructions contain a brief description of the organization of the files and how to enable Autodesk Maya to use the plugin. The links below point directly to the binaries required. Along with the binary versions below are some brief installation instructions as well.



Friday, March 29, 2013

1st Unity plug-in for augmented reality on physical devices

Sphereo game 475x256 1st Unity plug in for augmented reality on physical devices

The makers of Sphero – the smartphone controlled robotic ball, have announced new ways developers can make the ball more appealing to consumers with augmented reality based gaming applications.

Orbotix have created a new Sphero augmented reality plug-in for Unity, as well as making a new Sphero AR SDK available on Github – the world’s largest open source code sharing community.

This means that developers can simply insert their 3D models and create games/apps around them – all using the Sphero ball as a physical moving AR marker.  There are already augmented reality games/apps available, such as Shaky the Beaver, launched in November 2012.   <<  More  >>


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Activision R&D Real-time Character Demo

OMG!  Very Cool, you need to check this out . . . keep in mind it is real-time rendering.  It still hasn’t reached the other side of the Uncanny Valley yet, but this is real-time, but man they are getting closer. Man look at the eyes.   It is better if you turn the voice off . . .  Watch the Uncanny Valley, if you are not familiar. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WEB BASED? 3D Modeler?

OK, it is no Maya, but very cool . . . where is this technology going to go?  This is a web based 3d modeling engine. 



Monday, March 18, 2013

STEM: Science in Colorado Classrooms: Big Bang or Black Hole?

Science in Colorado Classrooms: Big Bang or Black Hole?– Part 1 (Build An Atom)

by Jenny Brundin

Listen to Part 1


Science in Colorado Classrooms: Black Hole or Big Bang? – Part 2 (STEM Magnet Lab School)

Listen to Part 2

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Awesome 3D Printing Video: Will 3D Printing Change the World?

This is a great video to share with your students . . .   An overview of the industry and the future trends. 

Honestly, it really gets me thinking about the future and where I fit into this "New World."


Watch Will 3D Printing Change the World? on PBS. See more from Off Book.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Medical 3D Printing – The Human Ear

I am always amazed on the latest innovations in 3d technologies.  Check this out, printing live cartilage of a human ear.   Wow, 3d technologies are just at its infancy and who knows it future.  It might help to watch more Star Trek.

Friday, November 30, 2012

CG Architect: What is Real?

Check out some of the inspirational images that CG Architect shared recently.  CGarchitect is the leading community of architectural visualization professionals. 



Inspiration - Entourage & Stuff

Posted by Jeff Mottle yesterday


blalank 3dviz

Mohamed Abuyhia

H twenty six studio

mohamed sabry

Eric Mehl



matthew bannister - dbox


Matthew Duff - Sixthlaw 3D Visualisation

karina theresia

Luis Jaramillo

Monday, September 17, 2012

Great Podcast on “Imagine: How Creativity Works” with Jonah Lehrer

Check out this.  Daniel Pink has a podcast once a month called “Office Hours” and talks with leading professionals.  This episode is with Jonah Lehrer author of “Imagine: How Creativity Works”.  Check it out.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Turning Golden Age masters into digital art

Check this out, it s very cool.  It bothers me that the video do




Here is a Van Gough piece that is very cool too . . .

Friday, June 8, 2012

'Design Thinking' Concept Gains Traction as More Programs Offer the Problem-Solving Courses


Forget b-school. These days, d.school is the place to go.

Stanford University's d.school—the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design—has gained recognition in recent years for introducing the trendy, but murky, problem-solving concept known as "design thinking" to executives, educators, scientists, doctors and lawyers. Now other schools are coming up with their own programs.

Design thinking uses close, almost anthropological observation of people to gain insight into problems that may not be articulated yet. For example, researchers may study the habits of shoppers waiting to pay for groceries in order to create a more efficient checkout system that maximizes last-minute purchases while ...

The Rest of The Story . . .