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GigaPan inside the Classroom!

5 Dec

After trying the GigaPan last week outdoors in the park, we decided for this week we would use it inside of the classroom! We started the day off working on storyboards (which will be featured in a separate post). The storyboards illustrated a typical day at school. What we enjoy as well as what we dislike. How do you reconcile the things you wish to do, with the things you don’t like to? The PGH crew talked about why they enjoyed certain topics in school, and certain activities more than others.

Towards the end of the class, we had time to work on some large scale paintings and ideas. The students spread out with large paper and cardboard and got to work. Meanwhile, the gigapan happily shot away capturing each bit of it.

The button pusher that had been disconnected for the previous week was again connected. At least, at first…  Somehow the mystery of the faulty button pusher continued and stopped working mid-photo taking. Luckily, I have perfectly capable fingers to help the robot out! Working together with this genius robot, we bring you these two GigaPans.



Isn’t it silly sometimes the way we are collaged within the GigaPan. When posing for the robot, you can choose to stand still, or purposefully move about so as to appear in multiple frames of the same photo. Sometimes I direct the students where to stand, and other times its a free for all of how many times they can get into the same photo. I try to let them know when they appear or not in the frame. We help each other set up the shot and its boundaries.

Here are some close up shots used for the overall stitch: 


Multi-Frame Wide Photos Via GigaPan!

21 Nov

In our most recent Pittsburgh session, we brought out the GigaPan! A GigaPan robot mounts onto a regular camera tripod, where it then holds the actual camera into place for the photo taking. Because of this technology, we can create seamless 360 degree photos and large scale prints of beautiful views and large scenes. It started as a project out of Carnegie Mellon‘s CREATE Lab. Its success, just like Carnegie Mellon’s overall achievement in robotics, has turned it into a successful business and educational program. They created “School Dialogues“, which provides access to GigaPans across the world. Through this initiative, school children in South Africa can connect with school children in Pittsburgh.

and so, Somali-Dutch children in Nijmegen can connect with Somali refugees and American children in Pittsburgh. During my trip to the Netherlands, I was able to meet up with Het Interlokaal, who provides programming for African immigrants to help them acquaint to Dutch culture and jobs. I met with the lovely Keen who helps to run the Dutch-Language Project and brings University students in to tutor young Somali students in Dutch. One of the head tutors, Anne, who has volunteered with Het Interlokaal for many years helped to arranged this exchange project. I trained her in how to use the GigaPan camera and left the equipment with her and Het Interlokaal.

The Pittsburgh group decided to take photos outside of Arsenal Middle School, at the beautiful park behind it. We took two trial photos. Unfortunately, I was having trouble setting up the automatic button shooter, so I had to take each photo manually. This meant I could not join our students in jumping into multiple frames of the photo, but we had a guest help us that day. Mr. Tuffy, from MGR Foundation, came to help us take photos and direct the photoshoot. Hopefully I can get the automatic button shooter to work for next time, or contact the very helpful folks at GigaPan to assist me!

For the first one, Cheron helped me to position the boundaries of the photo, and then jumped into the frames, while I clicked:


This photo, as you can tell is somewhat inside out, but it has a cool effect. It is taken at Arsenal Park, showing our students playing in the Autumn park before Sunset!



We hope to bring additional GigaPans to you in the future. Thanks to GigaPan for your support!

Clothing and Fashion

15 Nov

This past week we created our own paper dolls. Inspired by a website  promoting fashion through paper doll models, we took their example and created our own.

Here are some of the questions we discussed and answered:

“Why do you wear what you wear? Do you like to? Do you wish you could wear something different? If you could wear anything, what would you wear?”

The following question got some very unexpected answers:

“What is your favorite thing to wear?” Answers ranged from “all clothes” to “dresses” to “Polo brand” and even to wearing a “phone”, by clipping your cellphone onto your pants. Why not include technology, if after all, you wear it?

Trayvon poses with his paper fashion creation!

Close up of Trayvon's paper fashion creation!

Trayvon modeled his paper fashion based off the outfit he was already wearing. He included his favorite colors and explained that he loves all of the clothes in his drawers and closet and wears the first thing he pulls out. He has a lot of options, because he gets clothing from his siblings. He modeled the hair after popular tv-show Dragon Ball Z. Although, he doesn’t have this hairstyle in real life, he got to “try it on” with his paper creation and show what he might like to have instead, even if that hairstyle is somewhat impossible.

Mariah shows off her fashion creation!

Mariah posed with the outfit she created for her paper doll. She chose to create a “fashionable T, with a long skirt and hat”. Mariah happened to be sporting her purple finger accessory for the photo, which matches her purple shirt. The purple finger represents Mariah’s sillier side. She chose to design her drawing based on fashion she likes and would wear.

Binti and Hamiso model their fashion of the day

Binti and Hamiso decided for their picture, they would show us the “Binti and Hamiso: Original Dress Ware” as they titled it. They both like to wear skirts and dresses. Binti explained, “we wear this, because of our religion”. They posed with Malachi’s paper doll in the right corner. His doll sported a t-shirt and pants, just like him.

Binti's paper fashion creation

Binti expressed in her drawing things that her clothes do not normally express. It brings the phrase, “wearing your heart on your sleeve” to a whole new level. She said she would never wear this in real life, but her doll doesn’t have to follow the same rules as she. Just like Trayvon, her doll wore things that she could not.

Hamiso's paper fashion creation

Similarly, Hamiso designed an outfit that she would never wear either. Her paper doll sported her ideas about fashion in manifestations that she does not wear. Just like Binti and Trayvon, she decided to design an idea from her imagination, rather than represent her true clothing style and choices.

What is your favorite thing to wear? Why do you wear it? If you could wear anything, what would it be? Show us what you wear, and what it means to you!