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  • MAYA NEWSLETTER 6

    COVID OUTBREAK

    The MAYA Project SC is coordinating a common response to the covid 19 outbreak. We are taking resolute action to safely continue MAYA’s activities. We are using all means at our dis-posal to help the GIREAD Master students in continue their studies and research.


    MAYA VR EDUCATIONAL GAME

    From 17th to 20th of February 2020, Matteo Funaro from University of Sassari and Luca Tocco from Pixels design set-up the educational game in the IT laboratory of the Tunisian partner Univer-sities. GIREAD Master students, together with teachers of the MAYA teaching groups, have been involved in the set-up and training activities. The Augmented Reality is a technology that permits to add virtual content to a physical environment in an interactive form and in real time. It enables its use even in educational situations. The software was built through Unreal Engine 4, by using visual scripting and c ++ functions.


    The educational game was conceived as a work experience for students within a water analysis laboratory. The program allows you to try all the experiences of a real laboratory where technologically very advanced equipment and working tools as real as possible are available.



    The very complicated mechanisms that regulate the management of substances and liquids, their interaction and measurement have been created, inserting all the elements of the periodic table into the liquid to be analyzed.

    The pipettes were made, in various sizes and potentials, the laser thermometer, the refrigeration refrigerators, the taps with different types of liquid, scales, instruments that measure the various elements of the analyzes, including Ph, conductivity, residues and all the ions within them. A "Hints" system guides the student's experience step by step, so that even those who have never had a theoretical preparation on water analysis, can understand the procedure and apply it immediately in reality, giving the user all the experience needed to start the simplest mechanisms that regulate the most complex machinery. The game process is completely managed by the "game instance", which regulates the balance between ions, the number of elements inside it and the ability of the machines to perform the analysis.

    All the thousands of variables that regulate this analysis are stored inside, giving the student the opportunity to have a different application every time he enters it. In fact, at the beginning of the game, variables balanced ac-cording to natural percentages are created randomly, which make the liquid so realistic as to be very difficult to analyze without using the machinery made available in the virtual laboratory. During the 4 days visit, MAYA Master students followed the training lead by Luca Tocco. He presented the aim of the educational game, he explained how to move and interact in the VR laboratory, and together we experienced how to use the VR Oculus Rift to analyse a water sample.





    IMPLEMENTATION OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

    After the Covid 19’s restrictions imposed by the Government of the countries involved by the MAYA project, the members of MAYA SC decided to reinforce their collaboration by promoting the MAYA moodle platform.

    4 webinars were attended by the members of MAYA teaching group and held by University of Girona P3 and University of Thessaloniki P4:

    • Strengthen the collaboration and the network within MAYA members through moodle V1
    • Strengthen the collaboration and the network within MAYA members through moodle V2
    • Moodle and the on-line modules
    • MAYA capacity building through Moodle

    In the coming days, other webinars will be organized.


    On February 1, 2020 at Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, Universi-ty of Sfax, Mr Mohamed El-Makki El-Maaljaj (Managing Director of the M2M group specialized in the field of information technology and intelligent technologies) led a conference aimed to enhance the recognition required in class and to improve students' skills in the field of water-saving, innovation and sustainable agriculture. This conference took place in the computer room installed in the framework of the MAYA project at the presence of the GIREAD Master students.

    The conference enabled students to understand :

    - intelligent irrigation solutions

    - the remote irrigation control system

    - how to reduce energy consumption for irrigation and also the farmer's carbon footprint.



    DISSEMINATION OF THE MAYA RESULTS:

    On December 13, 2019, at the University of Paris Diderot, MAYA project was presented by Dr. Sami CHARFI and Dr. Riadh BOUAZIZ from the University of Sfax at the meeting of PHC Maghreb project on "Heat islands in Mediterranean cities: diagnosis and resilience". The objective of this presentation was to:

    - Explain the philosophy of the GIREAD master's degree while emphasizing the multidisciplinary and the crossover between the exact sciences, the Humanities and the economic sciences;

    - Insert the theme of this master's degree in its general context of climate change and find the crossovers between its different manifestations according to a systemic approach;

    - Show the different training phases of this Master's degree and its outlets and to discuss the possibilities of training and scientific exchanges.



    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    April 22, 2020 will be the Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.

    https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/

    May 27-29, 2020 6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector

    IHE Delft is organising the symposium 'From Capacity Development to Implementation Science'. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held online. This is the 6th edition of the international symposium, which highlights knowledge and capacity development for the water sector.

    http://capdevsymposium.un-ihe.org/

    June 3-5, 2020 Dresden Nexus Conference 2020

    The third Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2020) will debate the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held online.

    https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php


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    OTHER PROJECTS IN RELATED FIELDS

    Project « Eau 2050 » : «Elaboration de la vision et de la stratégie du secteur de l’eau à l’horizon 2050 pour la Tunisie ». The study is funded by AfDB, KFW and GIZ. It is carried out by the STUDI-International / GKW group.


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