Wednesday, March 31
2:05-2:25 PM
EDT
Room 7

GeoSTEM Hands-On: Creating and Testing Aerial Imagery Platforms in the Classroom and Outdoors

Full Paper - Book (submit final version now) ID: 58604
  1. Christopher Baynard
    University of North Florida
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    Terence Cavanaugh
    University of North Florida
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    Nicholas Eastham
    University of North Florida

Abstract: Traditional geospatial education labs involves students and computers with geographic information systems (GIS) software analyzing existing satellite imagery and air photos spatial data on their screens. These approaches are passive and thus limit student engagement. One major advance in this field has been the adoption of drones, for acquiring data for analysis. Drones can be expensive; require training, certification, insurance; are banned in many places, and have limited flight time. An alternative to the use of drones involves using simpler hands-on approaches of kite, balloon and pole aerial photography to capture low-elevation high-resolution data. It also involves modifying, designing and creating 3D printed platforms for cameras. This paper discusses how faculty employed these technologies in the classroom and outdoors in a constructivist, tinkering and discovery approach that shifted from a computer-screen dominant model to a technology integrated, concrete method of learning that is driven by personal experiences and exploration.

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