Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

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David – Stop-motion

Stop-Motion is an animation technique that involves photographing miniature objects or characters a frame at a time, changing the pose or position of the object between each frame. The result, when played back at normal speed, is of a continuously animating object.

I really like this technique. The result are visually incredible.  Stop motion is usually used in animation films. One of the most incredible films that used this technique was The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Samantha – Large Hadron Collider from the movie “Angels and Demons”

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A few days ago I went to the movie Angels and Demons and that movie shows a little bit of the function of the “large hadron collider”.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, intended to collide opposing particle beams.

The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized ‘Higgs boson.’ It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (570 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

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It is funded by and built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

Experimentally verifying the existence of the Higgs boson, the last unobserved particle, would shed light on how particles are thought to acquire their mass.

Expected results:
Once the supercollider is up and running, scientists estimate that a single Higgs boson may be produced every few hours.

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At this rate, it may take up to three years to collect enough data to discover the Higgs boson unambiguously.

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David – Special effects in the cinema

Special effects are divided into the categories of optical effects and mechanical effects.

Years ago, people were really impressive for the special effects in some films because the cinematographs used to use mechanical effects. Now, there are many films (usually blockbusters, films with a very big production budget) that use the special effects because are more comfortable. But there is the problem, optical effects are very expensive.

What do you think that is more suitable? Optical effects or mechanical effects?

I think that the best is use a mixture of optical and mechanical effects. The results are more realistic. I have just seen “Hellboy” and I like the use of this mixture, is really awesome.

Kaito – Mobile Payment in Tokyo, Thank You.

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In Tokyo we choose to pay for products and food with money or phone credit. We use mobile phone that have RFID. (Radio Frequency Identification) Many stores allow scanning of phone device on the reader. Payment is automatic. On this blog the girl from Ecuador asks “if we replace phone often?” In Japan, some older students do. however, I do not. Too expensive. We buy accessories for phones. Too much accessories. We could buy another phone for all money for items.  I am sorry if this english is broken, I use Google Translate. Please enjoy the video. Thank you.  It is 20 seconds in length.  本当にありがとうございます = Thank you very much

Jacqueline – YTC and Me

Being a part of Youth Technology Corps (www.ytcorps.org) has been one of the greatest experience that I’ve encountered. When I first started, I was a little bit nervous, because I didn’t know what were we really doing and I didn’t think I would be able to do whatever we were going to do. Along the way I’ve learned more and more about what we were doing and also made friends with some new people. Not only did i make some friends from school but I met a lot of really great people from Mexico and Ireland and having the chance to get to know them and learn more about their culture. Meeting new people from other countries and exploring the world of YTC to them. One of the other things we do every year for the program is that we go out to the community and teach young kids how to use some of the computer programs. This experience had taught me better people skills, and better at public speaking. Being apart of this program means so much me and i am proud of being in such a thing.

Joshua – Apple killer? Nope!

1984 this “keyboard” was the computer!

I bet people in high school had no idea what a computer was…old old old (old) school. No wonder my mom can text! I look forward to the students from around the world checking in next week. Cool.3581592834_36f4a24811

Michael – YTC’s founder Dave Finkel

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