Our NGO´s main challenge, as already mentioned in a previous post by Sander, is that the robot-kits for the children are too expensive. They cost around 350 USD, which in Mexico is even more than what a regular Mexican worker would earn in a month.
So how can we solve this financial struggle? We contacted one of the members of Robótica Educativa to give us some more detailed information about the quantity of roborts they need and what their desired price range is. During the interview, he told us that they will need 100 robots, each with a preferable maximum price of 100 USD.
Looking into this, making molds for the robots they need could be an option but after more research, the amount of 100 robots a year is way too small to be beneficial to produce a mold for the robots. Besides, the average price to create a mold costs about 1000 USD. We could not find any other way to make the robots cheaper.
Taking this into consideration, we put our thinking hats on again and looked at the problem from another angle. Robótica Educativa will need 35,000 USD a year for the robots so can we maybe help them to reach this amount of money instead of finding a way to create cheaper robots?
We came with the idea of setting up a co-operation with the famous Mexican museum: El Papalote Museo del Niño. The Papalote museum is an interactive science museum for children. Their goal is to stimulate childrens curiosity and interest for experimenting and imagining through the use of dynamic and interactive rooms. I though it would be a great idea if Robótica Educativa could work together with the Papalote museum as they already have a LEGO workshop about
constructing the city of the future, which in my opinion, could be perfectly combined with the robots from Robótica.
So how would this help with the financial situation?
Firstly Robótica Educativa will enrich the museum by providing knowledge and attract more people to the museum. The museum will hire Robotica Educativa and pay them for their visit which will be part of the money to pay for the robots. Robótica Educative will build up an exposition 20 times a year there where children can follow a workshop and learn about robotics. With the income of the workshops Robótica Educativa should come close to the budget for the robots and maybe through donations they will have enough money to pay for the 100 robots.
During this week we have been looking at spidergrams. A spidergram shows a summary of facts or ideas connected by lines to the main subject, in a central circle. A connected line is drawn round the spidergram to show the importance of the idea – The closer towards the centre, the less important.
We drew a spidergram for the activities of Robótica Educativa;
The advantage we got from constructing this spidergram is that we had to think about where we were going to place our ideas related to the centre topic and then having every idea in its place, we got a clearer image of their actions. This gave us a better picture of how we can help our NGO and it gave us some new questions to think about and to ask to our NGO.
One example, looking at Relations and Communications on our spidegram, we wondered, whith how many schools are they in contact? or, Do they have contact with partners (communication with companies like them)?
Working on our spidergram.
This week we concentrated most on how to exhibit effective teamwork. Our group communication was good but there were some small things that could change for better teamwork and interaction between each of us.
First we clarified our goals with clear directions and agreements so everyone had a good understanding of the project, our roles and aims and about our NGO. We discovered that an important part of teamwork is to have a comfortable environment where we trust eachother and feel free to express our opinions, wheter good or bad. To improve our teams´ environment we are planning to meet up as friends in our free time to get to know eachother better and to build a bond that will give a sense of belonging to the group. Our team conists of 5 members and each one of us is raised with a different cultural background. This is great as each one of us is unique with irreplacable experiences, points of view, knowledge and opinions to contibute to our team. Therefore I think its vital to respect eachothers opinions and to view them from a different perpective as to what you are used to. Understanding each other will form a stronger team.
During this week we have learned about finding our own sweet spot. Your sweet spot is the intersection of your passion, purposes and gifts or skills. This spot makes it easier to commit yourself to success. Honestly, your sweet spot is not easy to find but worth the journey of looking for it! This is the sweet spot model:
So as a team, using this model, we tried to find similiraties in characteristics and interests between eachother to find out which is the best way to work together and to succeed in this project. Each of us wrote down his or her passions and gifts and whith this information we created this table below to easily show our similarities:
Our teams purpose is to help others with our gifts and passions.
Using this information about each one of us we see that creativity and social interactions stand out. Creativity allows us to think of new ideas or solutions to help Robótica Educativa and the social interactions will help with the online communication with our NGO but also the internal communication within our team.
So considering the information above, our teams Sweet Spot is;
Creating interactive tools that are fun and simple to use between students and teachers for Robótica Educativa.
At the beginning of this week my team and I were still a little confused about what our NGO was exactly about and what our purpose was in helping them. After sitting down together and discussing the information we had gathered over the days we got to a point of clarity about our roles and what our NGO expects from us.
Questions arose and we decided to arrange a Skype meeting with our NGO. Through email, our client service team member Sander, contacted Cinthia from Robótica Educativa to arrange a meeting. Mexico has a seven hour time difference compared to here, The Netherlands, so we had to take this into account. At 17:00 o´clock, 10:00 local Mexican time, we had contact with Cinthia and one of her technical assistants. Unfortunately our Skype meeting was short-lived, we had internet connection problems and could not hear them speak.
So instead of asking our pending questions to our NGO through Skype we agreed to stay in contact through email.
We are hoping to establish a Skype meeting soon that won’t be disrupted as we would like to get to know Cinthia a little better and to clarify some ideas and suggestions.