High school in Matera

project-unmonastery
cat2-communication
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#1

Hi,

For my solar tracker project I think it could be interesting to get in touch with students. This would enforce links with the local community. However from what I saw on the university website all technical courses (computer science, electronics…) are located in Potenza. Matera is only a sub-branch of the university.

Does anybody have information about this?


#2

Strongly agree!

I was going to suggest that! I see two potential paths:

  • the faculty of architecture, which is actually in Matera. People who can help: [Rita O], [antonioelettrico]
  • connect with some Matera high school. People who can help: [Rita O], possibly [Ilaria].

It would be really cool if the solar tracker was built as a classroom project. Rita, can you go through Rossella to find a sympathetic teacher?


#3

I’m here!

Hi [Marc], I do appreciate your vision. Indeed, I talked with [Alberto] some months ago about the involvement of students into the unMon project so I definitely agree with you. Tomorrow I’ll start contacting some teachers from high school and University too to share your idea and try to figure how which could be the way to realize it: when will you arrive in Matera? Do you think that they should work with from the beginning of your stay?

Let’s try to fix some date when you’re here and we can go together. I’ve already talked to Rossella about school and she definitely liked the idea.

Ciao!


#4

I’m here!

Hi [Marc], I do appreciate your vision. Indeed, I talked with [Alberto] some months ago about the involvement of students into the unMon project so I definitely agree with you. Tomorrow I’ll start contacting some teachers from high school and University too to share your idea and try to figure how which could be the way to realize it: when will you arrive in Matera? Do you think that they should work with from the beginning of your stay?

Let’s try to fix some date when you’re here and we can go together. I’ve already talked to Rossella about school and she definitely liked the idea.

Ciao!


#5

MT2019 community?

Maybe [Marc] could write a paragraph describing how he envisages the project and we could translate it and publish it, in his name, onto the MT2019 online community. This would give us a link in Italian that could be circulated among students and teachers in Matera. What do you guys think?


#6

+1

yes [Alberto] I can help him. let’s go on!


#7

Working with students

Hi Rita,

I will be here the 1st of February (even maybe the day before in the afternoon). Yes I think the earlier they will be involved in the project the better it is. It will allow us to see quickly what they can do (will depend on their skills of course). That said it’s a technical project I hope we’ll find some students in that way.

This kind of project is typically a project students can work on.


#8

Great idea!

I mean using the MT2019 online community is important tool to communicate in the first steps. And  I want to suggest also to talk with guys of " Profumo di Svolta". They are very young, all students and interested in unmonastery project.


#9

Writing a project description to work with students

Hi,

Yes in any case you are right @alberto, a project description should be written.

Basically the project can be subdivided in three parts which are obviously closely tied :

  1. The material part : the motors and the structure supporting the solar panel. Though I will bring a prototype to Matera, the students could work at creating another one because it could validate the fact that it is reproductible. It is not that easy but the goal to achieve is well known and if you're good at DIY it should be feasible.
  2. The software part : software and various boards that move the structure. It's the central part and I've been working on it for a long time. So I think it won't be productive to let them work on this.
  3. Positionning system : components that will tell the system how the structure is oriented (horizontally and vertically). This is a crucial part of the global system but probably the most difficult one. I've been thinking about it for quite a long time, know what doesn't work, have ideas on what should be done but didn't find an acceptable solution yet. It could be an exciting challenge for the students to work on it.

So to summarize I think students could work on part 1 and/or 3. Of course it will strongly depend on their skills.

What is your opinion?


#10

Working on the software part

Thinking about it, students could also work on the software part, especially on the user interface (interface to set parameters of the solar tracker). May be we could see that with the proposal of programmed media course.


#11

All good

[Marc], I think we have everything we need. [Rita O], are you going to follow up on this?


#12

yes!

I’m already at work on this, I need to define the better way to act but I’ll help Marc, definitely!


#13

It starts with a translation

I think it starts by translating What Marc has to say here (except for the provision that students could also work on the software). Then you can upload it onto the MT2019 platform (ask [piersoft] to post it in Italian under Marc’s account). At this point we can all share the link in Italian onto social media, or send it to specific teachers in Matera.


#14

Created a dedicated wiki for the projects for the student

Here is a dedicated wiki on the project page summarizing the tasks that could be proposed.

It is quite synthetical however I think it is important to discuss with the students about what they want to do, what they can do. Then we’ll adapt the tasks accordingly.


#15

Getting in touch with students

Hi @alberto / @rita,

I will arrive in Matera the 1st of february. I’d like to get in touch with students as soon as possible so that the project can start quickly. Do you think we could have an appointment next week for example?

Thanks a lot!


#16

Rita :slight_smile:

I am in Brussels! This is more a job for [Rita].


#17

teachers

Hi [Marc], finally I got the name of a teacher who could help us. I’ll try to meet him between tomorrow and Saturday in order to fix an appointment for the next week with you. Does it work? I think that we should make a list of your project needs so that teachers can have a clear idea of how to organize with students. I still don’t have any news about a programming course for software development but I’ll go on searching.

See you very soon :wink:


#18

Next week is ok

Hi Rita,

Yes it would be great if we could start next week. I’ve started writing a general description of what could be done.

Thanks a lot!


#19

Viral Academy - teaching coding

A quick ping on this thread - as part of the residency I am very keen to teach courses on programming, and the use of media (including radio and video). For this I’d like to run a “Viral Academy” in matera on these skills - its called “viral” because it embeds p2p tutoring - where students pass on their knowledge in small groups. The courses would work onine and offline, and we’d definitely want to reach out to students and teach the skills needed to support any of the unMonastery projects.


#20

Recommended!

Yes, [fortyfoxes], I think this would be a good move. I already heard words of appreciation from Matera for [Marc]'s initiative. Your point of contact is [Rita O] for now – though you unMonasterians are likely to develop your own network of connections in Matera in record time!