Hong Kong Workshop 20-22 December 2015

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://safecast.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/IMG_7564.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]Safecast conducted bGeigie Nano workshops in Hong Kong on December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 2015, with 31 participants. The workshops were organized and sponsored by RadHealth (輻射生機學會), a Hong Kong-based Non-Profit which aims to raise awareness of the harm caused by pollution and radiation, and to provide information on mitigation measures to help achieve vibrant health.
IMG_7661Mamie Lau, Director of RadHealth, said, “In my health talks, many in the audience are concerned about the radiation levels in Hong Kong. They are interested in measuring the radiation in their environs, as well the global mapping system, a unique feature of the bGeigie. With the bGeigie Nano, one can upload data, time, GPS, and altitude to build a global network of interactive radiation maps, and anyone can freely access the data. So it’s high time to organize bGeigie assembly workshops here.”
IMG_7570Because so many many people wanted to participate, the workshops ran in identical sessions on three consecutive days. The ​first day’s workshop was a “train the trainer” session, training eight senior students from King’s College, Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong International School. Experienced builders Joe Moross, Justin Wong, Yuka Hayashi, and Rob Oudendijk acted as instructors, and explained how to build the bGeigie Nanos. Most of the students had some soldering experience, but generally felt that building a geiger counter was challenging for them at first. However, at the end of this first day’s event, they all said that they had gained confidence and could teach others how to build them over the following two days. The students’ teacher, Mr. Kong, enjoyed seeing their concentration, seriousness, and passion toward building the Nanos. The students’ participation was free of charge, since they were building kits purchased by others who wanted a bGeigie but felt they would not be able to build their own.
IMG_7576On the second day, twelve people participated. King’s College student Lui Man Sum, chairman of the school’s Environmental Group, built one for his school by himself. He had built one the previous day, and remembered the assembly order very well. Because he had also gained great skill in soldering, he was able to complete his second bGeigie in it only 2.5 hours, which was very exciting for everybody in the workshop room. The other participants that day were all adults. One of them had lived in Tokyo with his wife before the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. They returned to Hong Kong shortly after the accident because they were concerned about radiation levels in Tokyo, only to find that Hong Kong’s background radiation level is double that of Tokyo! So they decided to build a bGeigie Nano for themselves. ​
IMG_7612On the third and final day, 11 people were scheduled to build bGeigie Nanos, but one was sick with flu and another was delayed in returning from the US; Justin Wong built kits for these two absentees afterwards. A few female participants from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department had no experience at all in soldering and took some time to learn. They were extremely satisfied with the useful devices they made at the end, with the help of student assistants trained in the first session.
As is sometimes the case, one participant was less interested in radiation than in building electronic devices. He participated in the workshop because he thought that assembling a bGeigie Nano would be the most complicated electronic building task that he had ever challenged himself with.
The third day session went more quickly than the others, with all participants finishing the assembly within four hours. As always, the instructors then tested each completed unit to ensure they worked properly. Justin Wong demonstrated how to upload the data, and the session finished in five hours.
IMG_7654Safecast has held many workshops in Japan and in other countries, but this was the largest so far. There are now 32 bGeigie Nanos in Hong Kong, and a volunteer community has been born. With so many bGeigies in such a relatively small area, very dense coverage should be quickly achievable. We are looking forward to seeing the radiation map of Hong Kong completed![/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]