Blog and opinion
Increasing the fun factor to get students to separate their waste. Conducting research into how to encourage motorists to be more environmentally aware of their driving habits. We treated the Faculty of IT & Design to a social get-together, and they treated all the employees who attended to four interesting stories from students.
During this social gathering given by the Executive Board on 8 February, four IT&D students stepped up to present their projects. These are the times when our educational vision really comes to life and when our students provide tangible evidence of our motto: ‘Let’s change. You, Us. The world’. This is why I’d like to tell you briefly about these projects – and also follow them up with a frequently heard phrase showing that many of our educational ambitions are already flourishing.
One of these stories came from CyAnn Pourier, a Communication & Multimedia Design student who thinks it’s important to separate waste (global citizenship). She conducted her research close to home (the DUWO student housing complex). She asked why students weren’t doing this, brainstormed with the residents, and developed an app as a solution (investigative ability). The problem was getting to the containers; this is now more fun with podcasts, and she also added a competitive element. When you’ve tossed your waste into the proper containers, the tree in your app grows so you can see exactly what you’ve contributed.
Ismael Harraou, a student in the ICT bachelor’s degree programme, is concerned about the adverse effects of air pollution on health (global citizenship). By getting involved in how to make motorists more aware of their emissions, he invented an app that uses such factors as the kind of car you drive, how far you drive, and your driving style to determine how environmentally friendly you drive.
How could the root of shoulder pain be localised so that physiotherapists could treat this more effectively? This was the question Robin Lindenboom, a fourth-year student in Business Management Studies, wanted to answer when he took the Applied Data Science minor. For this assignment given by the head of physiotherapy at the Leiden University Medical Center, he used a Kinect camera to record movement in 3D. (I’m whispering: networking university of applied sciences and investigative ability.) In doing so, he laid the foundation for follow-up research that should lead to improved physiotherapy.
Finally, Riccardo Waardenbrug, a second-year student in User Experience Design, told about the device he developed: a game that shines spots of light onto a wall that children have to hit with a ball. If you miss, the spot turns red. When you hit one, it turns green. The purpose is to have kids enjoy learning how to throw a ball. As a bonus, the teacher can focus more on teaching a good throwing technique. And it worked, too: children enjoyed throwing a ball for a longer time.
The next social hour
I’m already looking forward to the Executive Board’s next social get-together on 8 March with the Faculty of Public Management, Law & Safety. And all members of the THUAS staff are welcome to enjoy this time together and hear what the Faculty of Public Management, Law & Safety is proud of. They promise to take a look at training-employment posts (LAP) and projects and to conduct a good discussion with lecturers, students, lectors and commissioning parties. Sign up!