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Spring Summer 2015 Workgroup

This spring and summer, the ExCITe Center is happy to welcome six new co-ops to the Workgroup, who will be working on developing their projects as their time in these positions progress. Work has begun on several endeavors, including...

Civic Innovation Assistant

Lauren Bauman

A major focus of Lauren's work was improved utilization of social media. During her time here, she researched new methods of reaching a larger audience through different social media platforms, and has contributed greatly to a growth of followers on the Center's Twitter and Instagram accounts.

As the producer of the ExCITeCast, she was involved in the whole process of podcast making, from researching topics to conducting interview to editing audio. She also had a heavy hand in planning and facilitating SMT. Staring at the earliest stages of planning, her duties ranged from helping choose the program attendees, corresponding with students and parents, documenting the entirety of the program, and managing resources. She also helped support the Digital Inclusion Group housed in ExCITe. especially Digital On Ramps which focuses on workforce development in Philadelphia.

Entrepreneurial Assistant

Jabari Jones

While at ExCITe, Jabari worked on projects dealing with the ExCITe and Science Centers, as well as the ic@3401 business incubator. The majority of this work involved needs assessments for the ic-related companies, strengthening the sense of community experienced by the those involved in the incubator, and creating programs and events for members to participate in. He also worked on an initiative to better the Drexel entrepreneurial community as well as provide opportunities to support alumni-created companies.

ExCITe Assistant

Johanna Oberto

During her time here, Johanna took on a wide range of projects. She was responsible for event planning and support of Explorer Sunday and T3. She also worked on further development of the ExCITe website, adding new interactive elements utilizing jQuery and more comprehensive suites of pages for labs and research projects. She is developing a virtual tour iBook, an extension of a general ExCITe iBook she worked on during her co-op cycle. She also contributed to the creation of dynamic display materials for the screens in the Center, as well as the full update of those visuals.

Snowball, OpenHTML

Brian Lee and Sukrit Chhabra

Snowball is a WordPress plugin that allows journalists, bloggers, and students to create dynamic, interactive articles while ensuring a modern and immersive design. Snowball was inspired by the influential "Snowfall" article from the New York Times.

Snowball is designed to bridge the gap between easy graphical tools and powerful code editors. Its user-friendly interface allows you to build an article block by block, with blocks of different content such as text, multimedia, and visualizations. We support a library of over 20 content types and growing. At the same time, Snowball’s built-in code editor allows you to customize the article even further to enhance its content.