Introduction to Iowa

Unpacking, orientation, paperwork, introductions, coffee! My first three days as an REU intern have been chalk full of activity. Highlights were seeing the campus (beautiful!), disc tossing with the group afterward, and later manhandling rogue robots and teleporting on Masashi’s Oculus Rift.


I also enjoyed attending Eliot’s first lecture yesterday. I was familiar with some of the topics from my previous design classes and projects, and I look forward to implementing them in CooL:SLiCE—the sustainable engineering/manufacturing educational platform that I will be working on.


(above: tidbits of campus)

As a group we have spoken a lot about the process we will be following this summer, namely research, prototyping, and then writing a paper, making a poster and presenting. Today we met our mentors for our specific projects and had individual kick-off meetings. It’s nice to have a better idea of what we need to accomplish.

CooL:SLiCE is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has apparently been in progress for three years. As such, we will probably have less research to do than the other teams. The platform is already up and running with a case study or two and our primary goal will be to make the interface fun and effective.

I’ll be posting more regular photos to Instagram! @gypzyroze

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