Wishing you a happy new year and thank you for your continuing support of our projects. Agavi construction is continuing, with significant progress made by our Romanian and Brazilian volunteers in getting the base system designed and programmed over the last few months. In the next few months, we expect to have a working prototype that we will begin testing with our teachers to get their initial impressions, with the goal of wider deployment by the end of the year. We'll be deploying a major Greenworks project in Brazil in the next few months that will focus on public education on native bees, important pollinators in tropical communities. We'll be working to incorporate Agavi into this project in the Brazilian agroforestry community of Guapiruvu to gauge reaction both by the teachers who will be testing it and the people who will be using it to learn about bees. We're excited to be making inroads into our communities soon with expansion to more of Brazil later in the year. Stay tuned for more!
With summer over, we're happy to report that our summer interns did an outstanding job on pushing the Agavi platform forward on two fronts. Giane (Brazil, student intern and now Science Voices volunteer) has been working with Alex (Romania, project lead) to get the platform off the ground. Meanwhile, Leonardo (Brazil, student researcher) and Yuqing (China, student researcher) have been working with Jonathan (USA, analytics lead) in developing insightful analytical approaches to help teachers investigate how their students are performing in Agavi lessons. We'll be working to integrate these two project components together in the next few months as we shift our focus to the lesson editor that will allow teachers to construct their lessons.
Additionally, we have recruited a new volunteer, Felipe (Brazil), who will be helping us build the necessary network of teachers and volunteers in the Parintins region of Brazil so that we can test some deployments in 2024.
A quick reminder that the Little by Little fundraising campaign is currently running, and donations through GlobalGiving of up to $50 are matched at 50% all this week (ending September 22nd).
We don't have a whole lot of progress to report so far this year, as we've been having trouble securing visas to return to Brazil to continue our work. Nevertheless, while Stateside, we've been acquiring equipment to bring back with us for the project. We have also been meeting with our Agavi programming volunteers (meeting some of them in-person for the first time!) to continue with the prototyping and to build long-term strategies that will carry us forward over the next year. We're hoping for more substantial progress in the upcoming months, as we'll have a number of student volunteers working with us over the summer.
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