So today we began wrapping up our summer work here on the hill to get ready for the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium that starts Thursday. The conference is around two days long, and we get paid lodging and food. The first day we go to the actual conference and present our work, and the second we get to enjoy whitewater rafting as part of the retreat. It should be a ton of fun and I’ll probably talk about it next week, but I thought for today I would focus more on the academic side of it: I just uploaded my final video for our project to YouTube, and got a little sidetracked watching past YouTube videos I’ve made. While the one detailing our robot soccer project only took a couple of minutes to whip up, I think it’s pretty cool to watch for those of you who aren’t too computer science-y and gives you a pretty good idea of what we’ve been doing here on the hill.
It doesn’t really delve into the specifics of what our code looks like, however, and I would love to remind you that we got a lot more done that the video shows! Anyways, I thought that by showing you these videos I’ve created over my time at Colby, you’d get a pretty good idea of what really goes on here on the hill and what cool things a Colby students path through college will invariably include.
This first one I didn’t actually create as a part of a Colby specific project: I actually created it in the two week gap between the end of first semester and beginning my position on the hill over the summer. The intent was to send this video out to around ~15,000 physicians and healthcare workers around the state of Maine and New Hampshire to get out word about what the MMC PHO (the organization I was a media intern for) did for them.
Next comes my very, very quick and rough video that I whipped up as part of my JanPlan class at Colby. I think I talked about it in a bunch of blog posts before, but basically it’s an installation that we created in Pulver, our student center, and it tracked students as it walked through. Their locations were shown creatively on a projected screen, and a music track was created as they walked through based on their locations. So, students could add parts of the music track by walking in a funny or interesting way.
Last of all comes the video from this week itself. I won’t go into details as I’m sure you’ve hear a lot about it already or will next week, but needless to say it’s pretty cool and I can’t wait to present it at the conference Thursday.