Philanthropic project brings science to African school
We received this lovely video message today from Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda, East Africa, about the Curly Questions project undertaken by Swinburne staff and students.
Swinburne’s Faculty of Design academics James Marshall and Bill Trikojus contributed $10,000 to support this project. They undertake a range of philanthropic activities around the world through their software development company Online Galleries. Swinburne provided an additional $10,000.
James said the purpose of the Curly Questions project was two-fold.
"We wanted to support Kasese Humanist Primary School in achieving its mission, which is ‘with science, we can progress’," he said.
"But we also wanted to engage our digital media design students and world-leading scientists in affecting real world change."
The Curly Questions project enabled 11-year-old students to ask 40 science-related questions via YouTube video. Faculty of Design students partnered with Swinburne scientists to answer the questions in a story book format. These books are available to the primary school students in both print and animated versions.
James said the project had been more than 12 months in the making - and was literally built from the ground-up.
The first stage was to build a physical space to house the computer room. This included the building itself and equipping it with furniture, ventilation, power, broadband internet and security.
The second stage was putting in five computers, a scanner and data projector. The next stage will provide additional computers, networking, storage, audio visual equipment and design software.
James is Faculty of Design’s acting head of academic group digital media design and Bill is a multimedia design lecturer. Thank you to both staff members for their considerable generosity and hard work on this project.