This past summer I had the honor to be accepted into Picademy. Picademy is an amazing place where you get hands on, peer and open based learning from professionals within all fields of education. Before this, I had experience teaching open based with Arduino and some Raspberry Pi, but by the end felt much more comfortable to share with my students and colleagues. If you are interested, click on the links or picture, I really hope you apply.
So now it is thinking time, technology is meaningless without meaningful, real-world, application. How do I apply this to science and NGSS?
We discussed ideas when the idea of a camera trap, or time lapse system, came into play. The plan was for the students to build and program camera traps out of Raspberry Pi based Kano Kits, that Best Buy so generously donated. The objective would be to monitor a local nature reserve for two weeks, document the animals captured by the cameras, and then sort and analyze the photographical data into different visual representations. The students would then present the data, visual representations, and final reports with the hope of educating the El Dorado Nature Center staff on the flow of energy through the local food chains, and webs of the animals the students' traps photographed.
The how-to building of the traps will be part II tomorrow...
Students explaining and showing off the trap they built and coded.