Finnish-Chinese “Forest Course” of Design (Platinum course) took place in Pirkanmaa

On Friday the 5th of August we saw cool demos in Kampusareena Auditorium. The day was the last day of Platinum course’s first workshop week, and the day consisted of hard work (coding), restorative work (Brainwolk walking meeting in TUT Campus area) and presentations. Platinum is a Finnish-Chinese T3 course where the multidisciplinary and multicultural groups of students design and implement apps/games that utilize the restorative effects of nature. During the first workhop week, Finnish and Chinese students were doing their design work in a little bit different ways, i.e. hiking, experiencing and coding in nature places such as forests (Helvetinjärvi, Halimasjärvi) and near-distant nature areas (Pyynikinpuisto, TUT Campus area). This workshop week was just a part of the whole course. The course will continue with the second workshop in October in Hong Kong, where the students will get inspiration for their designs from the Chinese gardens. Yet, there will be two workshops in Finland and Beijing next year. From TUT, we have two students participating the course, and one supervisor (which is me).

The students were clearly impressed and touched about the Finnish nature and forest experiences, and the inspiration could be seen on the demos seen on Friday. For example, the tiny details from the nature were utilized on one game demo, where the player took a role of an ant and experienced everything from the ant’s perspective. The elements from nature were visible in all demos and what is most important, the students’ willingness to protect nature and animals was discussed a lot during the week – it seems that the Finnish nature had a message and many stories for the students, both for Chinese and Finnish, and they got those. Thank you, participating students, supervisors, other stakeholders, and thank you, nature!

Students enjoying and getting inspiration from the beautiful nature in Helvetinjärvi national park

Students enjoying and getting inspiration from the beautiful nature in Helvetinjärvi national park

A Pokemon caught in the forest?

A Pokemon caught in the forest?

Yes exactly, there was a Pokemon found on the trails in the middle of nowhere!

Yes exactly, there was a Pokemon found on the trails in the middle of nowhere!

Preparation of demos in Kampusareena auditorium

Preparation of demos in Kampusareena auditorium

Reflecting on the learnings from the course in Brainwolk walking meeting in TUT Campus area

Reflecting on the learnings from the course in Brainwolk walking meeting in TUT Campus area

One of the presentations with beautiful graphics - a game "journey of the fairy"

One of the presentations with beautiful graphics – a game “journey of the fairy”

On behalf of the Platinum people,
Aino A.

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