Posted by Hudson Janow
This week we had the Community Forum, an event like a science fair where we got to show the community are product and our project as a whole. We all had a great time sharing our product and people really enjoyed learning about our project too. It was a great wrap up to a project a long time in the making.
We presented multiple things to the community. First, we talked about what the problem we were trying to solve was, what our solution was, etc then we showed them our physical prototype and our app. We had our shower head attachment out for people to look at and “Try out”— (they didn’t actually shower with it but they got to see how it works). We had to make sure that everything was working and ready to present. We also showed people our app. We all got the app on our phones so we could present it to them. We also had two iPads out on our desk — one had our app open. People could explore around the app. The second iPad had a QR code that people could download the app with on their own, personal devices.
Our prototype posed an issue two days before the forum. It wasn’t turning properly, and therefore not working. We struggled to find a quick solution that would ensure success. We ended up re-engineering our contraption so that it didn’t involve a moving string. This allowed us to more efficiently get our contraption working. Once it was working we all felt more confident about the forum.
Downloading our app was the most empowering part of the process. It gave us all a sense of accomplishment. Going in none of us thought that making an app would be at all possible. Now, even though the Forum already happened, we still sometimes just open the app and say — “Wow! That’s our app!”
We all learned important lessons on presenting, and how to keep someone involved. When a person would come to our stand we learned how to explain our project. It really helped to use our prototype to give our viewers a real “hands on” approach. It was hard at first to give our presentation but eventually we all caught on.
The CBL forum was an amazing experience that changed all of our lives for the better. We gained entrepreneurial knowledge that allows us to pitch a project. We all learned a little bit about teamwork, app building, and robotics. We want to especially thank Kevin Kloeker for giving us this opportunity to grow as students, and innovators.