For the past few weeks students have begun working with Autodesk Maya. From my understanding we have the largest Autodesk Maya lab in any high school in the province of Alberta with 35 workstations. If you know of a bigger one feel free to post a comment.
The first major project of the Maya initiative will be a moving model of our solar system, fully skinned and animated. Once the core components are in place, students will be encouraged to "round out" their models with no restrictions, adding in things like comets, etc.
While the program is indeed challenging (much like learning a new language) our students have quickly grasped concepts and are eager to learn more and more as each class progresses. Exciting times!