The 22-year-old environmental science major and philosophy minor is already an accomplished videographer, having been responsible for recording, editing, starring in and uploading hundreds of videos as Chief Technology Officer of the campus' GEOSET Studios.
GEOSET (Global Educational Outreach for Science, Engineering and Technology) is a globally-created store of freely accessible, streaming online educational material via Mediasite that anyone can watch. And the really impressive part? It's run primarily by FSU students like Daniel who hope to show their peers that it's never too early to share their research and passions with the world.
What is your role?
As the chief technology officer I do a lot of the recording, editing and putting the videos on our Mediasite server and website,www.geoset.info. We have a huge database full of presentations from all over the world and in a few different languages. Most of the videos are done by undergraduates who are creating short, digestible videos. The studio and equipment is a free resource for students and the public. They can record a video project, make a demo CD, go out in the field to film, etc.
What are your current GEOSET projects?
Right now I have an educational series called "Do Touch." It's a web series where I encourage young scientists and collectors to label, love and learn about the world. I show kids between the ages of 5 and 12 how to bring science home, start useful collections and appreciate the little-known world of systematics.
Do you see yourself as a role model?
I do see myself as a role model. When I get behind the camera I'm not just trying to get kids involved in science. I'm hoping that the kids within the Latino community will see me and see a little bit of themselves. I want to further involvement of Latinos in science.
But GEOSET is not just about teaching the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. We want everyone to be able to teach something they're passionate about. For example, one girl came in and did an entire presentation on the Italian healthcare system.
What are your future career goals?
It really is incredible to be part of GEOSET and the FSU community. I've learned a lot working at GEOSET. In this day and age any skill in technology is something you need to advertise and it's something you need to take seriously. All the skills I learned at GEOSET and working with Mediasite will help me with my future plans for grad school and a career in environmental science.
Read the full interview with Daniel by Sonic Foundry HERE.