It is already the 8th day of the whole travel and it was time for the engineering day. Ghanaian and german students talked about their different projects and presented the status.
In the morning Bruce presented about automation of the solar dryer. He talked about the progress and also the challenges he had during the working period.
Eric gave his presentation about solar powered traffic light – project jossie. He faced some challanges like brightness, heat and criticism of other departments. By working on the second version of the traffic light he was able to solve some of the problems of the first version.
Anna and Viola talked about the results of their simulations they did in the University of Paderborn. They thought about different positions of the fans and also about different ankles of the roof of the solar dryer. They summarized their results and gave recommendations to George, who is the project leader.
In the evening the students met for the last time and had a fun night at the campus of KNUST. It was sad to say goodbye- but there will be a reunion for 6 of the ghanaian students with the germans in june. We are really excited about to welcome them in Paderborn!
Workshop 3 started on day 7 and Saranya gave an overview about projectmanagement. The students got different tasks to think about stakeholder, risks and milestones of the solar dryer project. It was important that they get to know about the different aspects of managing a project.
After lunch the german students visited a cacao plant farm. The farmer explained the process from cacao fruit to dried cacao beans. Every second week the farmer and his family go to pick up some ripe cacao fruits. You recognize the ripe fruits by the yellow colour of the skin. At first they open the fruits to fermentate the fruit flesh for two days. Afterwards they dry the beans in the sun to sell them to cacao manufacturers.
Michelle started the second workshop day with her presentation of “How to pitch an idea?”. The students had to think of a business idea and present it in only one minute. To getting better at presenting and convincing we prepared again the elevator pitch. This time we concentrated on the important points and visualized them on a poster. Afterwards we had a feedback session to optimize our presentation skills.
Next task was to present the business idea to potential investors. By taking into consideration target, costs and ressources the students pitched their ideas again.
In a short amount of time there were good ideas to make the life of people easier and secure the environment.
After the lunch Christian continued with his presentation about “Testing and Prototyping”. Christian is a young entrepreneur, who started during his Master studies with his entrepreneurship. He founded 4 different brands and sell 35 products at all. He shared his experiences from getting the idea, prototyping and selling the products. Also he gave the student tips and motivated them to be brave and to believe on their business Idea.
We finally arrived at the KNUSTUniversity. Saranya started the first workshop with a game to getting know each other. One ghanaian and one german student interviewed themselves each other and introduced the facts to the whole group.
Afterwards Michelle had the idea to draw stereotypes of a student from Ghana and from Germany. It was really funny to hear about the prejudices. In summary the germans can not dance, drink beer, always eat meat and sausages and do not go to church! Ghanaian students have rasta hair, eat spicy food, are open minded and are very unpunctual.
After lunch George, the project leader, joined our group. He gave us a short overview about the status of the solar dryer. He talked about the conflict based on financial aspects of convincing the locals. But he will have a conference with the chiefs and the locals to persuade the people on saturday. We will get to know more about the status on Wednesday 11th April.
For team building we played the “highest tower” game. In groups of four the task was to built the highest and the most stable tower out of some office supplies.
Anna, Steve and Viola introduced shortly the Institute of Fluid Dynamics. Also the status of the simulations for the solar dryer was a part of their presentation.
The first two days we stayed in a resort at the cape coast. Cape coast is the capital of the central region in south of Ghana.
We took rest of the long travel from Germany to Ghana and enjoyed our stay at the beach. Also we took the chance to learn something about the ghanaian history and visited the Elmina Castle. It was built in 1482 by the Portugese. At first it was used as a trade settlement and later the castle became a slave trading point.
We also visted the Kakum National Park, which is a park of 375 square km. Through the canopy walkway in the height of 350 m we enjoyed the beautiful view of Kakum.
An exciting trip is over – we made it back home to Germany without any inconveniences. This time, we went from Accra to Paris and changed the airplane there to get to Dusseldorf.
At this point, we would like to draw your attention to our supervisor Tobias Klaus who organized the whole project and made our exciting journey throughout the past two weeks possible! Thank you very much, Ghana has been amazing! Also, we would like to thank Sonja Golubovic and René Bertling who both participated in the project as PhD students at the University of Paderborn and took care of us, the business and engineering students. Thank you!
Eine aufregende Reise geht zu Ende und wir sind sicher in Deutschland gelandet. Unser Rückflug ging von Accra nach Paris und dann nach Düsseldorf.
An dieser Stelle möchten wir uns bei unserem Betreuer Tobias Klaus bedanken, der das gesamte Projekt auf die Beine gestellt und zwei wunderbare Wochen für uns gestaltet hat! Vielen, vielen Dank, die Reise nach Ghana war klasse! Außerdem möchten wir uns bei Sonja Golubovic und René Bertling bedanken, die beide als Doktoranden der Universität Paderborn das Projekt begleitet haben und sich um uns – die BWLer und Ingenieure – gekümmert haben. Dankeschön!
A group photo of the Ghanaian and German students who participate in the project!