Blog 7 & 8
Blog 7: Section Presenations
While all projects had both strong and weak points, some projects from recitation were actually difficult to sit through. Primarily due to the fact that some kids seem to think that the more they say, the more they appear to know the material. Wrong. Presentations were supposed to last between 10-15 minutes, which, if split up efficiently, is a sufficient amount of time to cover the material. However, groups felt the need to talk for upwards of 25 minutes, with the winner taking the gold metal of 35. There's my rant.
Overall the projects were visually interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how each group interpereted their goal visually. The group I will focus on is Goal 7, ensuring environmental sustainability. They had a wealth of bells and wistles, including a pamphlet reiterating the general points of their slide show, and a video compilation of interviews gather peoples opinions on environmental sustainability. Their strongest point conceptually was the gradual shift from a dark background to light, as they moved from present, exessive usage of non-renewable resources to a more sustainable alternative.
However, their content, and purpose of a research project, was surface at best. They looked only at the small scale solutions and options like alternative fuel cars, solar panels for homes, switching to energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs, etc. ...I hear this from TV commercials every day.
I would like to have heard about (and did from the honors presentation on this goal) green buildings [like anything from here: http://thegreendevelopers.com/ ], or current technology that stems away from use of non-renewable resources like District Energy [www.districtenergy.com] burning dead/fallen trees instead of coal.
Blog 8: Honors Presentations
The honors presentations really brought the juice! These project goals are massive, and could be approached from many many angles. The contect of these honors projects were well narrowed down and thought through. One that stood out was Goal 8 by Broc Blagen and Kelley Berkley.
They focused on communication technology in Somalia, explaining it is a center of commerce where communication is vital. They explained that Kenya is a country that has adapted new technology well, and looked at how this was done in Kenya for how to implement it in Somalia. They also explained current and potential uses and how it benefits the community. For example, in Kenya, cell phones were used in the latest election and proved effective by making it the largest attended campeign in Kenyan history. Use of phones also lower amount of corruption in ballots because the information can be transfered directly. They wrapped up with "the seed has been planted" and listed a few organiazations that are currently working on this same issue.
Visually, this project and Goal 1 were the most impressive. They were very clean and used 'white space' very well. The people from Goal 1 even spiced up the images in the white space by overlapping other images or breaking up a single image (i tried to make some examples of what it looked like).