- Name: Mount Merici School
- Location: Waterville, Maine, United States
The progress of our Toyota Tapestry Grant winning project "Strolling in Space/Time--Navigating in History and the Environment".
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Laser Ragefinder arrives
We now have many ways in which the students may measure distances: Surveying tape measure, measuring wheel, laser rangefinder, digital map scaler, and topo map software. I think it will be very interesting to have them measure the same geographical areas using these various methods and compare the results. They can take measurements on a map see how close their "real world" measurements compare.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
GPS receivers (and other stuff) arrive!
Interfacing to the PC was no problem. I can up/download waypoints to GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife http://gsak.net/), then import/export them to any other application. MS Streets and Trips talks to the Geko nicely.
Also tried out the electronic map scaler--again, it was simple to hook up to the COM port on my laptop. The output can go right into a spreadsheet (or other app) to make data collection easy.
Monday, August 02, 2004
Here is a list of all (current and past) satellites:
Topo Map and Aerial Views of Mount Merici and Surrounding Area
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Information on Digital Video Making
Forestry Suppliers, Inc. 800-647-5368
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Supporting Technology for Project
In addition to the GPS and mapping equipment, we will be using the following technology to collect, process, and ultimately distribute our data:
Canon Z-65 Digital Camcorder http://consumer.usa.canon.com/app/pdf/dv/zr60_65_70_bro.pdf
Canon A80 Digital Camera w/256 MB RAM
Sharp LCD Projector
Hewlett Packard LaserJet 2550n color laser printer http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/ho/WF06b/18972-236251-236268-15077-236268-388394-388399-388400.html
IBM Thinkpad T 30 notebook computer
Microsoft Office 2003
Microsoft MovieMaker 2 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx
Microsoft FrontPage 2002
Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0
Adobe Acrobat Pro
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
GPS and Mapping Equipment
- (15) Garmin Geko 201 GPS receivers
- (20) Suunto Baseplate compasses
- M300S Measuring Wheel
- 200' Fiberglas Lufkin measuring tape
- Scale Link 3 Electronic Map Scaler
- GPS/Topo Coordinator
- Nikon 440 Laser Range Finder
- Maptech USGS/aerial Photo Software
We have also procured the following training materials:
- Garmin Geko Training Video
- Brunton Map and Compass Curriculum CD
- Suunto Orienteering Course Markers
- Suunto Orienteering Punches
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
In a nutshell, we will use conventional and GPS mapping techniques to document changes in the environment of Central Maine. We will also augment this documentation through the use of digital photographs, historical maps, and personal interviews with elder members of the area.
The final output of this project will consist of several parts.
1. On the Web
a. This Blog will document the process through which our data is collected
b. Our website will showcase the digital photos, scans, and research we have done
We will produce, using digital video, a short documentary showcasing the highlights of our research. It will be most interesting to compare the changes in a geographical location throughout time. We intend to share this film with the community, and perhaps on the Web.
3. Written literature
We intend to produce a written document that will show, in greater detail, the research and procedures we have accomplished. This will be a "living document", in that it will be updated and added to as future students complete additional work on this project.