The experience me and my group had was fun, it is super cool how we are helping people in need and also learning lots from it. Also the experience with the skype chats were different than I thought, it was awesome to connect with people half way around the world. We connected with lots of people like the people in Dominican, other schools in our district to fundraise and also we contacted a company safely to see if they would sponsor us and send us supplies but we haven’t gotten a reply from both the school and the company. So far what me and my group did is design 2 3D models for the light, one for Mr. Robinson and one for our group to use. We have also printed one of the two and contacted a school and a company. The idea we have for the 3D light is that its going to be solar powered and also we will send it with a piece of Velcro so that they can put the solar panel on their leg, shoulder or hat so they can charge the solar panel while at work or doing anything outside. lastly we have some ideas on fundraising.
Skills I have gained from doing this project are, learning about people from other countries and interacting with them. Also I learned how fortunate we are to live in this country, also I learned how fun, cool and interesting it is to skype with people half way around the world. Lastly I learned how good it feels to make a change in the world. The way I feel that I have met my learning goals is that I have designed a better light shell via inventor (the 3D printing software) that can actually make a difference in the Dominicans daily lives, and can help them to do so many things they couldn’t do without the lights.
The collaboration went well, we learned lots from doing it and will help us when we do it again. Also it helped with our project because they gave us pointers on it, and helped us by telling us good websites to order off of. What my group did well on it making it happen, our group did lots of things, we designed 2 lights (one with the help of Kaleb’s group) and I think we did a good job on them. We also came up with ideas for fundraising but were to busy doing the lights to organize, we also contacted a company and a school on fundraising and sponsoring. The thing I think we could have done better is use our class time better, I’m not saying we used it bad because we didn’t, we just didn’t do it to our full potential, and I think we could have done even more things if we used it a bit better. Also we could have recorded what we did better, we still recorded what we did but we didn’t do it daily and it wasn’t as detailed as I wanted it to be. I really liked the connection based learning because it is very unique, I have never done anything like this before. I liked it because we get to ask them questions and just interact with them in general. I hope I do it again soon.