Divine Mercy Catholic Academy – Our Last Maps, Apps and Drones Tour Stop!

Written by Undergraduate Sara Peluso (Environmental Major)

Our final Maps, Apps and Drones Tour stop for the 2017-2018 school years was a special day for us! On May 10th our team traveled to Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Merritt Island to unveil our augmented reality sandbox! The school hosted a Geospatial and Conservation Day, where our drone and sandbox were featured activities. The students cycled through the activities on the Geospatial and Conservation day agenda by grade level, so we had about 20 kids for each half hour cycle.

Close up view of one of the models the students had created for the event.

The drone activity was set in the auditorium, where two fabulous models were set up. The attention to detail on these models was absolutely fantastic, the students included a Dunkin Donuts, Target, a Chik- fil- a (with a menu!), skyscrapers, and even a laboratory in a tree house. The amount of work put into these models was truly appreciated. After Lain led our Maps, Apps and Drones presentation, the students broke off into equal sized groups to fly over the two models. Many of these students had flown drones before, and a few even owned their own. The students were asked about how the models would be affected after a disaster (such as a hurricane) was to strike, and students responded remarkably well with answers regarding how the buildings and the people in the communities would be affected.

Lain presenting the importance of drone work in disaster response to the students.

In the social room, adjacent to the auditorium, Nick had set up our augmented reality sandbox for its first ever demonstration! As students entered the room they gathered around the sandbox as Nick and Sara built mountains and created bodies of water, then simulated a landslide to show how the box could be utilized for disaster management and urban planning.

Students experimenting with the sandbox.

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Engineering Night at Milwee Middle School- A Maps, Apps and Drones Tour Stop

Written by Undergraduates Patricia Bencivenga (Sociology Major), Sara Peluso (Environmental Major), and Amber Rutstein (Environmental Major) On April 26th, the Citizen Science GIS team took the Maps, Apps and Drones Tour to Milwee Middle School for Engineering Night. This tour stop was special because we had the pleasure of working with 200 students and their Read more about Engineering Night at Milwee Middle School- A Maps, Apps and Drones Tour Stop[…]

Renaissance Charter at Goldenrod Journey with Drones and GIS: A Maps, Apps, and Drones Tour Stop

Written by Undergraduate Carolynn Turneur (Biology major) and PhD Student Lain Graham (Sociology major) The Citizen Science GIS Team took the maps, apps, and drones tour to Renaissance Charter at Goldenrod on May 4th.  We spent the beginning of our summer break from UCF with two amazing classes, one class consisting of students in the Read more about Renaissance Charter at Goldenrod Journey with Drones and GIS: A Maps, Apps, and Drones Tour Stop[…]

Shingle Creek Elementary’s Journey with Drones and GIS: A Maps, Apps, and Drones Tour Stop

Written by Undergraduates Sara Peluso (Environmental Major), Carolynn Turneur (Biology Major),  Pahola Zamora (Anthropology Major) The Citizen Science GIS Team took the maps, apps, and drones tour to Shingle Creek Elementary on April 5th. Our time was spent with 12 awesome students in the school’s National Honor’s Society! These students were the best of the Read more about Shingle Creek Elementary’s Journey with Drones and GIS: A Maps, Apps, and Drones Tour Stop[…]

The First Maps, Apps and Drones tour stop of 2018, Mrs. Spain’s robotics class at Indian Trails Middle School

Written by UCF Sociology Ph.D. student, Lain Graham, and Undergraduate Anthropology major Pahola Zamora   On Friday, February 2nd the maps, apps, and drones tour made their first stop of 2018, to Mrs. Spain’s robotics class at Indian Trails Middle School! About 180, 6th-8th graders were put in the pilot seat in our hands-on drone Read more about The First Maps, Apps and Drones tour stop of 2018, Mrs. Spain’s robotics class at Indian Trails Middle School[…]

Spying on People or Supporting Science? We Choose Supporting Science to Connect with Youth through Drones!

– – Written by Christine Munisteri and Nick Altizer Regardless of where you are in the world, kids love drones. They’re excited and curious about these flying machines that are (according to the kids) used to “spy on people,” “chase bad guys,” and “deliver packages.” For our work at Citizen Science GIS, we don’t use Read more about Spying on People or Supporting Science? We Choose Supporting Science to Connect with Youth through Drones![…]

Citizen Science Takes Off at UCF Family Fun Day

Despite overcast weather on Sunday November 12, the UCF Arboretum Park drew in over 150 people of all ages for UCF’s annual Faculty & Family Fun Day event. Among the interactive, hands-on exhibits, the Citizen Science GIS team was there creating a buzz (quite literally) to engage and educate young people about the importance of Read more about Citizen Science Takes Off at UCF Family Fun Day[…]

Supporting Science’s Next Generation at UCF GIS Day 2017 with Citizen Science GIS & Esri’s Education Manager, Dr. Joseph Kerski

Written by UCF Sociology and GIS Ph.D. Student, Lain Graham: GIS Day at UCF on November 14 and 15 gave us all the geotingles!! A term coined by the one and only, Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri and keynote speaker at UCF’s 2017 GIS Day. We were delighted to have Dr. Kerski for Read more about Supporting Science’s Next Generation at UCF GIS Day 2017 with Citizen Science GIS & Esri’s Education Manager, Dr. Joseph Kerski[…]

2017 Esri Oceans Forum, Reflections: Rachel Layko

Written by 2017 NSF REU, Marine Debris Student Scholar and William and Mary Junior, Rachel Layko. This past week I attended the ESRI Oceans Forum in Redlands, California. This was the first conference I’d ever attended and my first time to the ESRI Headquarters in Redlands, California. I co-presented with UCF Ph.D. student, Lain Graham, Read more about 2017 Esri Oceans Forum, Reflections: Rachel Layko[…]

2017 Esri Oceans Forum, Reflections: Kate Brandt

Written by 2017 NSF REU, Flooding and Disaster Management Student Scholar, Rutgers University Senior, Kate Brandt. One of my favorite aspects of research is having the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with others. Last week, I was able to do just that at the Esri Ocean Forum in Redlands, California along with other members Read more about 2017 Esri Oceans Forum, Reflections: Kate Brandt[…]