Eilen Jyväskylässä vieteltiin tutkijoiden yötä.
Minulle se tarkoitti 'tuplatyöpäivää' eli ensin oltiin iltapäivästä STIMEY-projektin festareilla esittelemässä koululuokille robotteja ja sitten illalla oli aika tuoda muksut kokeilemaan juttuja mun työpaikalle elikkäs Agoralle.
"Fyysinen ohjelmointi"han on uuden COTA-projektini teema, joten tänä vuonna nää aiheet todellakin puhuttaa.
|(c) Naomi Woods|
/Yesterday it was the 'Researchers' night in Jyväskylä. For me, this meant robots from morning to night. First as part of my job, I attended a robots workshop for 8th graders. It is remarkable how physical activities can get even the most learn-resistant teenage grumpies to burst into motivation... It was such joy to witness the change in them when my colleagues from STIMEY project took out the physical activities of explaining how to gather water - It was a small plastic model that they needed to put together... Luckily our new COTA project will follow up so there will be plenty of this later...
Then in the evening I took 'my' kids including the bonus ones to play with robots in my workplace of Agora. They could do the 'robot driving licence' and that was an instant hit. Even Juha's daughter who complained that she HATES programming - was programming minecraft for more than half an hour and would not leave. Small autist learned how to reverse a lego robot and was so excited that he was mainly jumping up and down.
After the research part we also went to see the City of Light event in Lutakko. This is an annual event in Jyväskylä where light art comes to town. I would say that there was more people outside than on New year's eve... I actually said that for this weekend, Jyväskylä looks more like China every day. Lights in the darkness outside with people all around. There was so many people on rantaraitti that you could not cycle there... Rare occasion in Finland certainly.
Watching the joy of this kids experiencing the world - I feel very lucky to have these kinds of nights in my life <3
|(c) Naomi Woods|