The workshop starts! We arrive at CEFET and invite students to come to the palestra where we introduce the project. In the last couple of months Ivan and I have been in contact with the students via a facebook group so some of the students we can now meet in real life! The auditorium fills up with interested stories and I introduce the project and talk about the international adventures of the solar cinema.
Eventhough i talk in english I have the idea most of the students even understand my story without Ivan’s translation in Portugese.
The group is really interested and have many good questions! Pretty full of energy we end the palestra and go and have a look at the van that will be converted into a solar cinema van!
Some how when seeing the van i get a little bit nostalgic: it’s an old T1 Volkswagen van! When i first started the solar cinema project 6 years ago, the solar cinema logo had a T1 VW van on it.....
Soon we start unpacking all the solar-system elements and make a list of things that are missing. We end the day with the first technical plans for the installation.
Today the construction of the solar system in the van will start! A big group of students is gathering to get involved. Numerous plans and ways to make the construction are discussed, and discussed and discussed again. Slowly but surely plans ar coming together and the students can be divided in to groups tp start working.
It’s great to see not only the students being involved but also several teachers love the project and are working with the student on it. The CEFET even has one ‘solar-energy’ specialist as a teacher, so this project really fits this school! We meet Mr. Richter in the afternoon when he has just arrived back from a big ‘solar-comference in Peru’. We talk about the project and he decides to dedicate his eveningclasses to solar-energy and photovoltaic.
As we are still missing some essential technical parts for the installment we can only start really building things towards the end of the afternoon. In the meantime we visit the CEFET- TV studio and talk with the students, trying to start developping and idea about the programme-content. We also meet Moana from VideUrbe, a videoplatform that projects video in the city, making the city it’s projection screen, projecting on buildings, trees and pavements. With VideUrbe we will work together on one of the screening nights.
As we have not been able to really start building the solar construction I have a bit of a restless sleep, will all be ready on time?! Soon I find out: the brasilian way of working might differ from the dutch way but all things get done perfectly!
On arrival at 10 am a small group of students is already working hard on the construction of the solar panels, the batteries are wired, a soundsystem is ready to be tested, a trailer for the projections has been finished and all other work is under control! Pretty amazing to see everyone now knows what to do, all work well together and i can just sit back and take some time to blog!