Transforming Science Reflection
SolarPowerToThePeople effectively encapsulated the ideas in the Georgia Tech article while giving the story a more personal feel through the use of first-person. Our group did a great job transforming the audience and reaching new audiences through our usage of hashtags. Our purpose was to bring the story to a more elementary audience and increase the diversity within the audience. Using social media provided a public point of access for our project allowing random profiles, such as fashionableflyer, to find our story. Fashionableflyer likely would not have seen the article on the Georgia Tech news website. Our revised text could have gone further into the future than it already does. We potentially could have begun making plans for next year’s trip and advertised more than just meetings. The original plan for each of us to upload two photos with seventy-five word captions each worked well. From that starting point we were able to add more “fun” photos and reduce the bulk in each caption. I uploaded my two photos and participated to the group discussions about the project. We stuck with the plan until meeting with Dr. Colvin. She pointed us in a better direction and we adjusted the plan accordingly. Our group faced the challenge of lack of usable information. Most of the article was not personal which made it difficult to transform into first-person. We overcame this challenge by adding quotes, building off of the quotes, using all of the usable information, and using some of the uninteresting information.
Transforming Science Script
- Check out these #views! This year, instead of #PCBeachin it, this summer, we Tech engineers are #HelpinHaiti. We just arrived in this tiny Haitian village, Thoman, to install a solar micro grid for a local clinic called the hope center. Coming from the United States, we’re used to constant power access, but in Haiti, around 7 million people lack reliable access to electricity. So by installing constant power to the Hope Center, if we can get this project done correctly, we will be making a huge impact
- On the first night of our trip, we are staying in a hotel to avoid traveling by moonlight. Since Patrick Pierre grew up in Haiti, he was well aware of what to do when he saw mango trees. Patrick introduced some of us to mangos for the first time; however, the mangos are just one of many firsts for our group traveling to Haiti to install a solar-based “microgrid” power system in Thoman.
- When your tour guides are half your age>>>
- “Its about understanding how to connect with that person and inspire that person to do something” @Larrain_4_Ph.d Before we left, Lambert was worried about working with 23 undergraduate students on the project, but these undergrad students are proving to be a great mix with incredible experience. They are able to complete everything from the installation drawings to package shipping logistics without the incentive of course credit. This opportunity for the undergrads is providing great hands on experience #talent #helluvaengineer #sciencerulez
- To make a project like this in a such a beautiful place like this we needed a site visit. Luckily Larrain Liptak and Lambert came and checked out Thoman and the reality of this project months ago! This mission is A LOT of work and requires A LOT of preparation. Haiti is so underdeveloped that the required equipment isn’t available here. There isn’t even a McDonalds on this island, let alone a Home Depot. By quadruple checking our list, we made sure we didn’t leave anything we needed, or else this project would be so done. The farther we get into this, the happier we are our leaders were so strict on not forgetting anything.
- Big Shout out to Georgia Tech’s International Travel Committee for letting these engineers travel to Haiti, and the ECE CEE and Electrical Power Research Institute for splitting their travel price tag!
- Our trip to Haiti has been filled with many surprises. @Larrain_4_Ph.d said that the biggest shock for her is not the poverty but the lack of reaction from the locals. Despite being impoverished from birth, the children still enjoy playing soccer and the adults sing together. For the past seven days, we were almost completely free from technology except for a camera, drone, and GoPro. Now that our trip is ending, we are not ready to go back to our #firstworldproblems
- All of our hard work had been building up to this moment, when we could finally bring power to the Hope Center. After this Larrain told us that for him, the project was more about the journey than the actual micro-grid and technology that went into it, and we definitely agree. Being able to see firsthand the direct impact our work had on this community, we were able to recognize the potential to apply the knowledge and experience we got at Georgia Tech to the real world.
- Thanks so much to all our supporters and sponsors! Couldn’t have done it without you. We learned so much on this trip, not only about applications of engineering, but also about ourselves. Don’t hesitate to comment any questions you may have about the trip. Also, take a look at our videos from the trip at:
- Nothing feels more like home than #FlyDeltaJets #bittersweet
Transforming Science Declaration
The current audience of this website is researchers looking for news on the Georgia Tech website. The website allows anyone to see it; however, the audience is based on who visits the Georgia Tech website for news. Our plan is to transform this article into an Instagram page to make it more accessible to crowds outside of the research community. The website uses pictures to show the readers what is being described where as our Instagram page will show pictures of what happened and then, if interested, a person could read the caption to find out what the picture is about. Using Instagram will allow a broader and more elementary audience to discover what twenty-three Georgia Tech students did in Haiti. Changing the medium from the Georgia Tech News website to an Instagram page changes the information from more formal to more informal. People are more likely to casually browse through Instagram than the Georgia Tech News website.
Each person will upload two photos to the Instagram with a description around 75 words each. On Monday each person will upload their first photo and description. On Wednesday we will repeat what we did on Monday. We will meet in person in class on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday we will meet outside of class to discuss our progress and make sure we are happy with our work. On Friday we will meet with Dr. Colvin to discuss our progress.