CAE: Project One Recap & Next Year's Theme

by Dr. Chris Reaves | June 2017

This past year Project One, a campus-wide project that seeks to connect first-year students to the Georgia Tech community through a shared learning experience, focused on the theme “Resilience” mostly via the medium of film. The theme of “Resilience” was also incorporated in the GT 1000 classes through Grit & Resilience workshops, and was also meaningfully incorporated into a number of ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 sections in both the Fall and Spring.

For the first Project One event, a screening of The Martian, we partnered with the Office of Student Engagement to screen the film as part of the First Friday event. Approximately 900 students attended the screening in the Ferst Center for the Arts. Additional film screenings includedFast, Cheap and Out of Control, which was followed by a panel discussion by Dr. David Hu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology, Dr. Tucker Balch, Associate Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Dr. Craig Tovey, Professor and Stewart Faculty Fellow in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mr. Greg Walker, Founding Partner at House Walker Architecture; WALL-E, which was shown as a part of the third annual Georgia Tech Sibs Day and co-sponsored by the Office of Family Programs; and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, which was followed by an audience Q&A facilitated by Dr. Monica Miller, Assistant Director of the Writing and Communication Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication.

The final event of the year was the Project One Film Scramble, which invited Georgia Tech undergraduates at all levels of experience to create three-minute films on the topic of “resilience.” A total of 14 films were submitted to the Film Scramble, which were then judged by a panel of six faculty and staff. Awards were given for Best Overall Film, Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Editing, and approximately 160 members of the Georgia Tech community attended the Film Scramble screening and awards ceremony. All films have been posted to the Project One website, and are available to view on YouTube. The films have been viewed more than 1,400 times. 

Next year the Project One theme will be “What is happiness?” and will ask students to consider what happiness and contentment mean to them. We will be partnering once again with the Office of Student Engagement for the First Friday event, where we will introduce the first-year students to this year’s theme and encourage them to get involved with Project One. Additional events, including film screenings and guest speakers, will be held throughout the academic year. The Project One Film Scramble will be held in Spring 2018 and will invite undergraduate students to make short films that examine the concept of “happiness” and what it means for them.