I hope that the spring has treated you well and that you are settling in for a relaxing summer.
We've been making slow and steady progress on Agavi, our learning platform to create interactive science experiences in difficult-to-teach places. Yesterday, we did our first demo day with colleagues to showcase the first prototype and it went well! We will begin testing with our Ukrainian teachers in the next few weeks to get their feedback and see what features are necessary in order to meet their classroom needs.
Additionally, we are prepping for on-site work in Lviv, Ukraine, in the fall. The next update should hopefully be on-location!
I hope the new year is treating you better than the last year did. We've been working hard on the Agavi platform. Unfortunately, with the holidays and job changes for our volunteers, we didn't make as much progress as we had hoped. However, the platform is gradually coming to life and we are aiming to have our Ukrainian teachers testing it starting in mid-to-late March. You can follow updates both at www.sciencevoices.org via our monthly newsletter and via www.agavi-ed.org.
We are still aiming to begin in-country work in the latter half of 2021. Fingers crossed that all will be well and the world will be mending half a year from now!
I hope you are continuing to stay safe during the recent upticks in COVID-19 infections. While many of us remain isolated, we continue our work.
In the past three months, we have made progress in developing our new adaptive learning system, Agavi. In the past month, we have recruited a small group of volunteers from around the world who are busy coding up the platform and putting deep thought into user interface design so that anyone will be able to build innovative digital science content, regardless of computing skills. We are anticipating that we will be able to begin testing the early designs with our Ukrainian teachers in December.
Meanwhile, I am also working on setting up the resumption of in-country work for late 2021. We'll continue building new systems to improve digital science education while the pandemic comes under control again, with the hope of being able to resume in-person work late next year.
Please bookmark www.agavi-ed.org if you're interested in following the progress of the platform. We have descriptions of our team and soon some early prototypes. If you want to contribute time or skills to the project, we're also looking for volunteers (or pass the information on to someone you think might be interested!).
Until next time, stay masked, stay distant, and stay safe and soon we'll all be able to return to our very important in-person work.
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