Progress, and Feedback

So essentially I have been very busy with Color guard, Finals, and AP Exams and have not had the chance to get much of anything done. I did, however, make some progress, I created those cardboard stands with pictures I said I would do eventually. Using those I am having students mark with a marker things they would most like the maker space to be like, this is very helpful because not only am I getting information about what my audience would like I am actually getting real data to help me design the environment. They are currently in my English classroom and were there for two days. I eventually would like to have them in the library so that I can get an ever wider audience. I might make more boards to hold more images if I want feedback on other ideas.20170511_094136

Another thing that has happened is that I was supposed to go to a meeting for the school’s group of teachers who are interested in creating this sort of space, but it was canceled and rescheduled and I am still going to go to it but it will be too late to really use any info from it in my project.

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I’m Late, I’m Late! Time to Panic!

Well, I had a long Easter break and ended up working on an AP project instead of getting 20Time work done so I am a bit behind schedule. I wanted to have a final layout for the room by two days ago but because I would like to get input from possible users of the space, those users are the students of my school and while I can’t survey everybody in the school I can possibly get some feedback on what a makerspace should be like in my school. I am constructing large cardboard panels with pictures of different makerspaces and resources on them. By having students put stickers on the pictures they like I can gain a better understanding of what they would like the space to be like.41677 On top of all of this I would like to create the 3D environment so that I can use Virtual reality to demonstrate what the space would look like from the perspective of being inside of it. I believe that by using the software SketchUp I can find a plugin to allow Google Cardboard functionality.

Something really cool that I did recently was I got to talk to a designer who is innovating my middle school’s library. I ran my ideas by him and got some feedback on how to better understand what a client might want and how to better incorporate a makerspace into my school. I also talked to him about how do I keep flexibility in this room. He suggested that everything or at least most things have wheels and can be moved around or go outside so that we can really be compatible for any project.

I will definitely be using that meeting to my advantage and use it to further my own designs. Another aspect of 20Time is that I have to write a research paper on something related to my project. I am still trying to think of what exactly it should be on and what book resource I should use as a source for it. But this all for now!

Time To Not Procrastinate

Well I still have a lot of work to do in this project, I have basically accomplished nothing, good job me….. I think right about now is when my teacher will be thinking to himself “Of course he has nothing done, what did I expect….”. However I think now will be a good time to plan out what I want to get done and give myself a sort of schedule so that I can better plan out my project. I will put that closer to the end of the post and talk about a few gaps in what I know right now. First lets address the fact that I might have a sorta mentor. Our librarian Mrs. Lainhart is also interested in having a design lab for the school. I would like at some point to talk more about it and understand what her vision for it is. I did hear that she is putting together a survey for students to gauge what their expectations or reaction would be to a space like this. This would be incredibly helpful for my project.

April 4 Deliverables Video Blog pitch (AMP handout)  
April 18 Deliverables Final Idea for room layout,
April 28 Deliverables A Real world mock up, made of materials I can find and stuff.
May 2 Deliverables Blog #8 an a 3d version in sketchup of the room
May 10 Have some people look at the project, let them make suggestions, point out flaws, tell me their concerns, and hopes.
May 16 Deliverables Blog #10 and A pretty good estimate at what this would cost, and different options we have. Then sometime between now and may 30 present to somebody important.
May 30 Deliverables Projects due…or next week.

The above chart is simply some milestones that I would like to have achieved on these dates, now whether this ever gets done I up to me. I hopefully will not procrastinate and maybe just maybe this will actually happen.

20 Time

At first this project seemed terrifying and scary because of how open ended it was and it is still really scary. I didn’t have any ideas of what I could do that would have an impact on anybody or create something that wasn’t just another “school” project. I went through a lot of different ideas….

  • Rap
  • Write a Musical
  • Create an app
  • Create a website for general complaining
  • Go silent for a week (if you found my last blog, you know that story)

After not knowing what I was doing for literally ever, I wrote out all of my interests on a whiteboard and what possible things connected to them. In the end i still had absolutely no idea as to what I was going to do so after talking with my wonderful teacher , who’s blog you can find here, suggested that I do a documentary about color guard, I thought that this would be a really bad idea and the more I though about it the more complicated it seemed. I have no other ideas so for right now at least i’m going with that, Eric the Documenterererer…..

The first thing I need to understand before committing to this is how are documentaries made, how do I make one, do I need money, how do I film, what do I film with, what do I film, what do i say, is there a plot, what is a documentary and many many more scary questions that need answers. I need to start answering those so my best friend Google has got my back.

In an interview with Michael Moore the filmmaker behind the documentaries Roger and 220px-michael_moore_2011_shankbone_4Me and Fahrenheit 9/11 he layed out his thirteen rules to making a documentary, and you can read that interview here but I will just write about what I think made an impact on what I am going to do. First off he stressed the idea that this is a film and not a documentary, and that I should treat it the same way filming a movie with fictional characters would be treated. He also stated “Don’t Tell me Shit I Already Know”, meaning that i shouldn’t treat the audience like they are an idiot, they all have brains and understand topics without lengthy explanations. Don’t use the film as a way to lecture an audience or attempt to be a college professor. Essentially i took it as that there is no format or template to follow when filming, we don’t want a five paragraph essay format for a film. And finally use humor, he says that humor is and underused art in documentaries. It allows for the audience to feel engaged and have fun and then go home and do something, or go home feeling something other than depression or some other passive emotion.

So in the end I need to figure out exactly what I am doing and how i am doing it so until then keep being Pretty Odd…..#Branding