OLPC has been awesome. I really love working with computers and trying to figure out what the problems were and fixing them. It has been really fun working with my group. We all get along really well. Right now we’re working on fixing some old CSG laptops and an AIDS/HIV presentation. My AIDS/HIV lesson is on “how to support people who have AIDS/HIV”. After we are done with our presentation we are sending it off to Kenya for the little kids to learn about AIDS/HIV. I’m really excited about having a piece in this presentation and having kids from across the country reading it. I’m also really excited about how much we are learning in OLPC. I know things about computers that I didn’t know before and now I can help fix the problems when we go on our trip. I really can’t wait for our trip to St. John’s.
As the year has gone on I have been able to take a different role in OLPC. I have been able to plan what to change and what to add to the trip in May. This semester I am working on getting t-shirts for the class and working on my cholera project. I have been working a lot with Ms. Murakami at getting everything ready for the trip. I am still working on the lesson plans for the classes as we get more information from the school. I am getting really excited for our trip in May and can’t wait to see the kids again.
It is sad to know that my time with One Laptop per Child at CSG is coming to an end. I have enjoyed this service-learning project for three years now and have learned so much from it. During my sophomore year, as I was first introduced to Etoys, I primarily focused on learning how to use the software and experimenting with the programs. I also began to do some laptop repairs and decided that I wanted to focus my next year with OLPC on composing a troubleshooting guide for such repairs. After spending the majority of my junior year preparing this guide, I then began a new project with physical Etoys, a software based on Etoys designed to control a LEGO or Arduino robot through Bluetooth connection. I continued this project into this year and until recently have been struggling to figure out how to use the program. My hope is that, by spring break, I will have both a working robot and program that can successfully control it. But beyond the activities I have done in class, OLPC has helped me feel as though I really can make a difference without even leaving my school. I have never been able to travel to St. John, but I still feel that I have been able to contribute to this service project over the years. I am so glad that I decided to join OLPC three years ago, and I will remember this wonderful experience for many years to come!
Throughout the course of this school year I have mainly been working on finishing up the educational books that we put online for others to use. The books incorporate Etoys and a wide array of subjects that are used worldwide. First semester I finished up the basic math Etoys book that some of my classmates worked on last year. I really enjoyed being able to play around with the other lessons because normally if you yourself were not involved in a lesson, you did not know what the books had to offer. Some of the programming on the lessons are very usable for small children. Currently I am almost done with our History of the Caribbean Etoys book. I personally had a lesson in this subject (Early Caribbean Life) and I am so excited to finish this book and give it to the public.