Post by Matthew – 9ZF – UCC
It was an early Monday morning start when the team got up to be greeted by a full breakfast and drinks. Though we were nervous for our first day at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, we were confident that we would meet new people and make new friends. All of the countries met downstairs at 8:00am to start our jounrye towards the metro.
All of the countries fitted on one metro. We got off at the fifth stop and walked a fair way to arrive at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. We walked through a few corridors and found our way into a big room. We were surrounded by screens and we started off with a lecture information us about how culture is different when playing a game. We made a new friend called Jasper from Estonia. We now follow him on twitter @rebane2001.
We were given a pack of cards to play a game where all of the tables were given different rules, but we didn’t know this. The objective was to win the game and the winner moved up a table and the loser moves down a table. This meant that when you moved onto a different table you didn’t know the rules and you started to get confused. It was hard to illustrate in silence as everyone expect us knew how to play the game. It was a really good lesson about cultural differences and we had to problem solve and work around solutions. This will definitely help us when delivering future presentations.
We were then given a break and enjoyed a lecture on Lego mindstorms. This was really interesting and we were lucky enough to use some sets of this kit. We made cars using motors, a programmable brick and a computer with a special piece of software on it. It allowed us to implement our programming knowledge.
The team made some great inventions and we enjoyed using the aspect of teamwork to solve how to fit in different bits and attach pieces to our structure. There was a lot of problem solving involved in this process due to the coding and building.
We were then given a lunch break where we were fed very well. This was followed by a pitching lesson. We were introduced to a man who trains professional speakers. He had won a competition on presentational skills for europe and he was going to help us with our presentation skills. He talked about the Code of presenting. He talked about content, organisation, delivery and effect. He let each group pitch their presentation with different elements and would then give us feedback. He taught us how to stand, how to introduce our project and he even talked about things which can improve our overall effectiveness of public speaking. This was particularly useful for any of our lessons.
After this presentation, we were taken around the city and were shown a lot of different sights. Some of these sights included the european parliament buildings and many other monuments. Mr Chambers took lots of pictures. This was followed by a meal which was delicious. They had something for everyone. The menu included half a chicken, flemish stew and steak. We were all very happy with the food.
We’re all having a great time and are very thankful to be here.
We’re going to look at 3D printing tomorrow and will look at storying boarding games in the future.