Wednesday, 28 July 2010

TAMK's environmental engineering students exploring Azerbaijan

In the picture from right to left: WECF's Anna Samwel, EKOT NGO's director Aytan Poladova, TAMK's students Maria Moradi and Johanna Koskenranta, Bistra Mihaylova WECF, Ulla-Maija Koivula from TAMK and a local woman who wanted to join the picture with the project team.

"We have now almost completed our practical training in Azerbaijan. In the beginning of the training period we concentrated on water quality issues in the laboratory and tested for example the amount of coliforms and E-coli in waste water and surface waters. We also measured the amount of ammonium in surface waters. We participated into the process of particle size analysis from an offshore location.

On week 24 we participated at the United Nation's (UN) trainings on Strategical Environmental Assessment for representatives from different Azerbaijani ministries.

Our participation to the water safety plan-trainings started from Shemakha area where we had the first training for teachers from Ismayilli and Shemakha area combined. There WECFs representatives gave presentation about the water safety issues and all the problems in the areas were discussed about. Also the nitrates were measured from the local drinking water in order to see some indication of the waters quality. The second training took place in Sabirabad area in Azerbaijan. At the time they had problems with floods in that area which affected the amount of participators in the training.

Our task was to conduct a baseline study of two of the 6 villages involved with the whole project. Our villages to be studied were Talistan in Ismayilli region and Suqovsan in Sabirabad region. We spent a few days in both of the villages and interviewed people about issues related to water, sanitation and energy. Finally we write a report about the findings and will give the report to WECF.

We will go to Sabirabad again next week together with Anna Sanwell and her expert team from Georgia to build solar panels and fruit driers."

Above text is written by third year environmental engineering students Johanna Koskenranta and Maria Moradi who have spent 3 months in practical training in Azerbaijan in TAMK's and Kestävä tulevaisuus ry's common project for improvement of the sanitation and water problems. Local partner from Azerbaijan side in the project is Ekoloji Tarazlig (EKOT)

picture above: In countryside in Sabirabad where we spent one week to construct a fruit dryer, solar collector and water distillator with WECF.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Welcome to Engage Learning Game Design Summer School!

Demola, the venue of the summer school, behind the TAF banner
The Summer School for students and young designers is to be held in Tampere, Finland, from 30th of August till 3rd of September in 2010 at the DEMOLA Centre of Innovation. The Engage Learning Summer school will tackle issues related to game design as well as how to embed curricular topics in the game design. The summer school (3 ECTS) will accommodate between 15 – 25 international students and game designers. For further information about the logistics and the application form, click on the links at Engage Summer School home

The Summer School is organised by the Engage project and hosted by TAMK/Media Programme. Engage is coordinated by our partner FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria.

This Summer School will give designers and creative students insights and knowledge of educational game design e.g. creating educational games for the target group, embedding curricular topics and stealth learning, providing accurate information, consulting on one hand teachers and on the other hand the target group; asking the right questions and embedding these answers into the game.

Lectures will be interleaved with practical work and will be provided by academic and industry experts. Topics will include:

  • Game-Based Learning
  • Game genres, platforms, and industry roles
  • Gender issues and target audience analysis
  • Design guidelines for successful games
  • Concept documents and the development cycle
  • Gameflow and usability testing
  • Educational games and learning outcomes
  • Game engines and development tools
  • Marketing, packaging, and promotion
You will also need to prototype your idea and analyze the usability. This can be done on paper, as a mock-up, or by utilizing game engines provided during the school. This will obviously depend on the platform chosen for your concept.
See the promo video
SummerSchool EngageLearning on Facebook
FH Joanneum
TAMK Degree Programme in Media

Friday, 16 July 2010

Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award 2010

Deadline of submissions July 30

The Ubimedia competition seeks to broaden our understanding of where and how ubiquitous media will influence our future life. We are looking for disruptive artistic visions as well as clever near-to-market solutions off the beaten tracks! This includes any range of innovative ubimedia, pervasive, or ambient products and services. The Ubimedia Award is a highly interdisciplinary competition and we invite Designers, Computer Scientists, Artists, Economists and Engineers to take a stand on the following questions with their entries:

  • What is the particular aesthetic experience opened up by the rise of ubiquitous and ambient media?
  • What constitutes the specific intelligence that drives future media environments?
  • How will location- and context-aware media services change our social life?
  • How will our future lives look like in the era of ubiquitous computation, and how can society benefit from these advanced technologies?
The award sum for the Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Award is 7 000€.

TAMK is one of the organisers of this competition.

Ubimedia Award home

The nominees of Ubimedia Award will be invited to MindTrek Awards prize ceremony at the MindTrek Conference October 6-8 2010
Pictured winners of Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek Awards 2009 from right to left: Third Price winner Jan Roters, Traffic Light Detector (Germany), second prize winner Katrina Bekessy, PING, the Smart Trash Bin (USA), and the winners with Donkeypedia Frank Alsema and Joost van Eeden, the Netherlands

Monday, 12 July 2010

Media students go up!

President Markku Lahtinen taking the students to the sky
The higher levels of the IMP-life were concretely experienced after two IMPs headed their way to the local airport for an unforgettable flight. The flight event was arranged by the TAMK Aviation Club for the fifth time.

The vehicle was an ultra light aircraft piloted by no other than the TAMK President Markku Lahtinen himself. The two-seater aircraft called Eurostar was assembled by the TAMK students of aircraft technology during the years 2005-2006 as a project work. The maximum flying altitude of 2000 feet was more than enough to provide stunningly scenic views over the city of Tampere. Rest assured the author was provided some gastrointestinal excitement too as the skilled pilot demonstrated the groovy aerial moves. What a memorable ending for the first year!

The TAMK Aviation Club takes the lucky students up in the sky few times a year. Keep an eye on TAMK Intranet if you fancy a flight with the Headmaster as only the quickest make it once the chance comes.

Tampere outskirts from above

If flying is the thing that tickles you, take a peek at the website of
TAMK Aviation Club  (in Finnish only so far)

Story: Johanna Peltola
Pictures: Amir Abdi

IMPs are students of TAMK international (interactive) Media Programme
More IMP adventures