Engineering and Science departments are asked to do a demonstration frequently. The goal is to provide a photo opportunity, convince a potential student to attend the college, marketing at an event, participation in events, placed in museums, used to raise money, etc. But typically existing projects are cannibalized, attempts at operation by those not directly related to the project end up destroying or loosing something. The goal is begin collecting demo's .. boxes of equipment with instructions that are not related to a project. The demo's can then be checked in and out.
The University of Maryland Physics Department has a sophisticated demonstration library. The goal is to develop something like this involving engineering topics. Putt Putt golf greens maybe needed yearly. A functional miniature water treatment plant mounted vertically on a board could be ready at a moment's notice.
A web site describing a box contents, video of demonstration, presentation, background, cataloging system, etc. needs to be created. Existing demonstrations need to be archived.
Brainstorm all the issues associated with demonstrations .. including transportation .. onsite expectations (water, ice) .. noise expectations ..
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Capture current demos; sort, find patterns, establish forms, create business process.
- How one uses the web site
- How stuff is added, removed, modified, retired
- How checked out and checked back in
- Use HTTracker, capture UMD site, begin customizing it
- Get certified to use local institutions web tools to post on school web site
- Make list of existing demo's by interviewing professors
- Polish demo