No, not Denis Villeneuve‘s movie. Today was the day all the participants arrived to the Summer School. The volunteers had an early morning, since the first students arrived in Târgu Mureș at 5:00 AM, but we had some nice laughs in the morning, preparing the keys so that everyone can go straight to their rooms for a good rest.
Later in the morning, we started preparing all the paperwork for the participants so that everyone has all the information they need, like the ground rules and the Summer School schedule handy. Also, we started organizing the teams and a little challenge for the participants: their first task was to identify the other team members while everyone gathered in the University hall. Everyone received a list of their team members and by chatting with everyone else, they had to gather their team and, as a bonus challenge, they had to discover what thing, if any, all of the team members have in common.
Before the opening ceremony, the teams came forward and shared their common trait, receiving in return badges and colorful ribbons, each team being assigned it’s own color. Afterwards, we went in the auditorium, where Alexandru Radovici told us a few words about the Ideas & Projects Summer School and about our special guests, Mark Wilson from the University of Rochester and Bonnie Sanborn from Cornell University, that are here thanks to the United States of America Embassy, that sponsored their trip.
Afterwards, Bonnie told us a little bit about herself and about Environmental Psychology, that does not refer to finding out if trees have feelings, but in the way people feel, act and react to their surrounding environment. We found out a lot of interesting facts, from the average amount of time a person spends inside a building (80%) to our own teeth brushing habits 🙂
The evening was not nearly over, because Mark wanted to draw us the story of a scientist that creates something that makes him say “WOW!”. But that was just the beginning of a journey that could end with a company that lasts more than a century or could end like a draft of a thought, forgotten in an old agenda.
And this was just the first day! Tomorrow we start the courses and we are excited to start learning new things that will turn our ideas into cool projects and products.