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iSWOOP

What do you get when you combine scientists, informal science educators and national park rangers (interpreters) and set them out to work together in the field?

You end up with a system for engaging 270 million national park visitors in dynamic conversations about cutting edge scientific research and fostering interest in conserving parks, benefiting wildlife, and preserving a national heritage.

With this vision in mind, iSWOOP pilots a model with transformative potential for national parks.

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Interpreters and Scientists Working On-Site at Our Parks (iSWOOP)

This National Science Foundation grant-funded project (Advancing Informal STEM Learning program) is enabling CDI design researchers Nick Hristov and Louise Allen to collaborate with TERC, Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, and Salem College to create an educational program for rangers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where Brazilian free-tailed bats emerge spectacularly each summer evening from one of the largest caverns in the world.

This project is based on imagery from high-speed cameras, thermal cameras, and laser scanners, 3D modeling and associated visual modalities and is supporting CDI researchers in working with interpreters at the National Park to use high-tech imagery in explaining the scientific phenomena. This project creates an innovative learning program for interpretive rangers as storytellers. The educational methods will be broadly applicable in other informal learning settings.

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Out of this World Data Visualization

CDI design researcher Bruno Louchouarn is collaborating with systems architect Richard Phillips to technically explore interactions of data downloaded from the Mars Rover as part of an immersive music and media work, Sol Path, commissioned for the AxS/ak-sis/FESTIVAL 2014, in Pasadena, CA.

Featuring a renowned violist and an award-winnning projection designer, Sol Path explores the intricate interactions between an Earth-bound team of explorers and a robotic space lab as it searches for signs of life millions of miles away. According to the project’s website, Sol Path is inspired by the exploratory path that the Mars Rover takes over the course of a sol – a Martian day.
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Through a residency at NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Louchouarn met with Mars Mission team members including rover drivers, robotics engineers and members of the “planetary protection team.” He is incorporating the collected interviews, images and data into the score and media installation, which will be presented at the SPHAERAE temporary pavilion during the festival.

As composer and cognitive scientist, Louchouarn adds another dimension to the collaborative CDI team as it works to visualize and convert data between types to enhance understanding and extraction of new ideas and scientific knowledge.

 

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