The LabXchange VollyXchange Team of players who worked together to create quality science education.|Sean Gibney||
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Volleying For Success & Quality Science Education

Sean Gibney, LabXchange Content Intern

Sean Gibney, LabXchange Content Intern[/caption]When I came to Harvard four years ago as an undergraduate, I knew I had an interest in science and medicine. Yet I had no idea of the path along which those interests would lead me. During the fall of my first year, I found myself in Life Sciences 1a (LS 1a),  an introductory class led by Professor Lue and several others. Their integrated approach to life sciences to understand real-world problems altered my own perceptions and intrigued me. No longer was each science a series of facts to memorize. But rather a network of interconnected fields that built on each other into a more complete understanding of the world. Through the LS 1a course, I became passionate about quality science education. And I jumped at the opportunity to work at LabXchange during the summer of 2019.

Quality Science Education

Antibody Animation developed by Sean
Antibody Animation developed by Sean

After my first week in the office, it was already apparent that the desire to improve access to and increase the quality of science education united the entire team and I. Throughout the summer, while facing deadline after deadline, the pleasure and focus that each team member brought to every project pushed us forward to create even better content that exceeded our own expectations. In the process, we scrutinized every detail, from the wording used in our explanations to the font size displayed on each page. Both unexpected and expected, many challenges arose throughout the process. Like the time our platform’s software refused to recognize that I wanted single spacing instead of double spacing. I soon found myself on Codeacademy learning HTML for the first time.  Then after weeks spent designing a teaching animation, the app hosting my drawings started to crash...600 pictures later. Each challenge overcome, lesson designed, and asset uploaded to our platform were steps closer to launching in fall 2019 and to our goal of bettering science education.

Conquering Challenges

The VolleyXchange Team
The VolleyXchange Team

During that time, we faced and conquered some of our greatest challenges not in the office, but out on the volleyball court. Each week, our LabXchange Volleyball team, VolleyXchange, fought valiantly in one of Harvard’s annual summer science volleyball leagues, the Rhino League. Despite a wide range of volleyball experience level on the team and never having played together before, we steadily improved each week. We brought our weekly frustrations to the volleyball court and left them behind. We derived joy from playing together and learning teamwork both inside and outside the office.

Future Collaboration

Because of the various and unique projects I worked on, I’m leaving my summer internship with many new skills. And with even more excitement about the work that LabXchange is doing. The years of collaboration to come are ones that I am greatly looking forward to.As it is for everything done at LabXchange, it was the excellent, uplifting teamwork (and spirited cheers and shooting on the court) that allowed us to improve quickly and accomplish our goals. Stay tuned as we work to revolutionize the field of science education for many years to come. Also, should you feel compelled, I hope you’ll collaborate with us in this incredible, team effort.

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