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Meet Adnan, our pen-pal friend in Nijmegen!

18 Feb

Hi!

My name is Adnan. I am ten years old. My hobbies are soccer and playing on my computer. I have a very sweet family who I love the most in the whole world. They are the most important people in my life. I am from Somalia.

Adnan Says Hi! from Nijmegen

What is your name?  And what are your hobbies? How are you? Do you have enough food and drinks? If you haven’t we could send you some nice things. And do you have nice and strong clothing? Otherwise we could send you some. Could you send me a nice picture of you and your family? Are you being friendly to your parents? I am. Chicken is what I like most to eat. When I grow up I would like to be secret agent.

Bye!

Our friends in the Netherlands!

17 Feb

Today we will introduce you to the other side of the exchange project. You have started to get to know our Pittsburgh side, but here is more about our Nijmegen side! This post will focus on the project facilitators and instructors in Nijmegen… so,

LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES!

Hello,

Daryo says Hello from Nijmegen!

My name is Daryo. Together with Anne and Tamara I am teaching eight Somalian children in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). We are helping them with their Dutch reading in understanding problems. Four of eight kids wrote letters so far [featured in the following posts].  Some of them asked  questions, others are just very curious about who you are, where you live and how you are doing. These kids are aged from ten till eleven.

Kind regards from the Netherlands,

Daryo

[Daryo is our English-Dutch translator extraordinaire for the project in addition to helping facilitate the project with his lovely students!]

Thank you Daryo, Anne, and Tamara! We appreciate your collaboration with us here in Pittsburgh and we cannot wait to respond to your letters!,

Anne says Hello from Nijmegen!

Tamara says Hello from Nijmegen!

Love from the Pittsburgh crew.

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:

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/93202/options/nosnapshots/iframe/flash.html

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!

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/93208/options/nosnapshots/iframe/flash.html

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/93226/options/nosnapshots,hidetitle/iframe/flash.html

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