Joshua Kim First STEAM Reflection

Eversince my class was met with the light of the new STEAM project, we were more than delighted and enthousiastic to work with each other for this wonderful opportunity to present the best of our abilities in various areas. On the first day of STEAM class, Leo, Paul, Kelly, and I were assigned to the first group to present the project, and also got a group mission: two minutes of performance incorporated with both complex and intriguing set of ideas. As of now, we have finished our first prototype and are heading on to another, bigger and more complex one before making the actual items. In the past few weeks, I’ve brainstormed with my group members and watched some examples of STEAM project to get an idea of how to produce our own. In working on my clues and final design, I found the OKGo Youtube videos and 5 inspiring videos Ms. Ceci showed us very helpful. Later I used my sketchnote as a reference of possible ideas and how I personally felt toward creating those as part of our group project.

So far I’m satisfied with the work me and my group members have done so far. Everyone works diligently and has his or her unique abilities that shine when we collaborate. I particularly like how we get to plan every step from scratch and create our own prototype as a reference of what we’ve achieved so far. While working on our prototype encourages me to draw in my head what the actual project would look like, it also is possibly a time-consuming work. We occasionally spend a significant amount of time to gather materials we need, which is not the most significant part of working on the prototype. Inspire of some hardships, I find designing the sequence to music quite innovative. I find adding artistic, especially musical, part to the project as scattering colorful rainbow jellies to a white creme cake. Music not only enables me to compose our project based on the rhythm and melody, but it also adds artistic aspect to what we call a STEAM project. One minor thing that boggled me a little when selecting a piece is the fact that a lot of pieces that we know to be trendy or contemporary are copyrighted and are hard to get a permission to use. To overcome the frustration, I encouraged my group members to consider classical music as our background music because most of them were composed before copyrights were established and they can also adds some antique aspect to a very modern project like this.

In the process of designing the project, especially when creating the prototype, I honestly found myself as not a very strong collaborator. From what I believe, I sometimes evade from helping other members creating the project and rather focus more on how I could make a certain part even better, often without consulting them directly. However, except some difficulties like it, I find collaborating with my group members as decent enough to freely share my ideas and contribute in collaboration. On the other side is myself as a designer, of which I’m quite proud to see how artistic and innovative I could get. As evidenced by my sketchnote, I found jotting down plenty of ideas and inspirations from some example videos very easy, and more importantly, instinctive as if my brain were holding the pen and drawing the lines on the paper without my fully acknowledging it.

I personally think of myself better as a designer than as a collaborator, on which I would have to work a bit more from now on. Combining all the aspects of myself, I find myself as an enthousiastic learner, who can benefit from other people’s productions and create my own with new aspects. Being open-minded and not afraid to ask other people’s ideas are what I consider as one of my biggest strengths as a learner.

Working with my group members for the past few weeks gave me a decent idea of their working styles and how theirs compare from mine. This part of the project was very interesting to me since I had not had a lot of opportunities to learn and compare other people’s learning process from mine in the past. In general, me and my group members work at a steady space and are usually not in a rush nor being unproductive. However, some members seem to like working and collaborating with others more than concentrating on one’s own work like me well over half of the process. I could say that both learning styles have advantages and disadvantages as they would all come to create better results in the group project. So I came to accept others’ and also learn to know my strengths and weakness and to fix it when needed.

For the rest of the semester, I would like to be a more active and collaborative learner. Instead of being overly passive and self-reflecting , I would like to share my ideas and collaborate with others whenever possible. I will occasionally reflect on my process and possibly get advice from group members in order to make sure I achieve this goal by the end of the semester, which is only a heartbeat away from now. SIS STEAM ROCKS!

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