STEM Expeditions 2012-2103


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STEM Expeditions 2012-2103

  1. 1. Wildlife Tracking,Digital Photography and Robotics South Africa STEM EXPEDITIONS
  2. 2. What are YOU doing this summer? Do you like to travel? Want to go on Safari?Want a chance to be internationally certifiedas a wildlife tracker? Would you like to earn High School and College credit for your work?
  3. 3. Ways to Participate: Robotic Applications Class through the 2012-2013 school year. Wildlife Tracking through the University of Vermont for 1 science college credit in June and July Trip to South Africa for no credit, just participation (community, parents, students) Entire course including trip to South Africa.
  4. 4. Spend some of yoursummer with us!High School credits may be available during the 2012-2013 school year in the following: 0.5 HS Science Flex Credit in Wildlife Tracking 0.5HS Tech Credit in Digital Photography 0.5 Tech Credit Robotics Applications Option to earn 1 college credit in science
  5. 5. Wildlife Tracking The Art of Tracking may well be the origin of science. After hundreds of thousands of years, traditional tracking skills may soon be lost. Yet tracking can be developed into a new science with far-reaching implications for nature conservation. Apart from knowledge based on direct observations of animals, trackers gain a detailed understanding of animal behavior through the interpretation of tracks and signs. In this way much information can be obtained that would otherwise remain unknown, especially on the behavior of rare or nocturnal animals that are not often seen. Furthermore, tracks and signs offer information on undisturbed, natural behavior, while direct observations often influences the animal by the mere presence of the observer. Tracking is therefore a non-invasive method of information gathering in which potential stress caused to animals can be minimized. Tracking is a skill that can benefit any student seeking a future career in environmental, biological and ecological fields of study.
  6. 6. Wildlife Tracking South Africa Principles of track and sign identification The role of tracking in our day-to-day lives Introduction to the trailing of the Big Five: rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo Tracking for scientific purposes Track and sign identification: mammal, bird and reptile tracks Determining the age of tracks Arial tracking Study of animal feeding signs Close-up study of animal behavior at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
  7. 7. Wildlife Tracking for College Credit Through the University of Vermont Teacher Mike Kessler 4 week on-line course 1 credit Science On-line after we return from Africa. OPTIONAL
  8. 8. Digital Photography•Develop digital photography expertise while enhancing artistic expression of your photos.•Learn how to adjust the camera for your subject matter and environment.•Analyze, photograph, and document animal tracks, wildlife, landscapes and much more.•Learn how to organize, retouch and present your photo documentation through the art ofretouching and final presentation software.
  9. 9. Digital Photography
  10. 10. Robotic ApplicationsDo you think youcan make this?
  11. 11. Robotic Applications Two groups: Experienced Robotics students will mentor beginners. Design, build and program Robotic Cars that can be controlled from anywhere in the world. Use them to document animal behavior. Meet after school throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Cars will be tested in Ohio and South Africa.
  12. 12. Introduction to PSD and DP Robotic Applications Robotic Applications is an extension of the Introduction of Photoshop and Digital Photography course. Students will develop a connection between robotic engineering and digital photography. Robotics Application extension students will research electrical, mechanical and robot engineering. Students will design, problem solve, and build a functional robot camera that will explore animal habitat where no man can go. The robot cam is an electromechanical device that will allow students to capture wildlife habitat and animal behavior. This will expand student’s digital photography skills, animal science studies, and expose students to the world of robotics and engineering.
  13. 13. “Real-WorldEngineering Challenge” Building a team of innovative, energetic, and motivated youth that are curious about careers in science, technology, design, and engineering. Student teams will consist: Core team Team 2 Team 3 Each Team will design, build, and operate their Robot Cams.
  14. 14. Target Goal
  15. 15. Dennis and…
  16. 16. NAPLS StaffLeslie Shea, HS Digital Photography Claire Monk, 8th grade scienceand Robotic Applications Teacher MS/HS certified science, Focus on STEM for Masters degree
  17. 17. NAPLS StaffRob Hood Andy Moore Sandy WillmoreTechnology Support Volunteer Chaperone Wildlife TrackingServices Coordinator Teacher and Logistics
  18. 18. Why South Africa?•English Speaking country•Tourism is one of topindustries•Democracy•Great cultural andecological diversity•Private hospitals in theurban centers of South Africaoffer first-world medical care•Diverse, intact ecosystemsfor studying of endangeredanimal behavior•Private facilities
  19. 19. The Trip1. We will fly 2. From Johannesburgin directly to we will travel in a tourJohannesburg. bus to Moholoholo. 3. Moholoholo Mountain View
  20. 20. MoholoholoMountain View
  21. 21. MoholoholoMountain ViewPrivately owned gated facilitysituated on the slopes of themajestic North Eastern LowveldDrakensberg mountain range.Hidden in a luscious rain forest,below Mariepskop,approximately 60km fromKruger National Park. We willbe served three healthy mealseach day. Students will stay inchalets with bathrooms, hotshowers, and electricity.
  22. 22. MoholoholoMountain View
  23. 23. Colin Patrick Colin is a professional Wildlife Tracker Instructor and Cyber Tracker Evaluator. He also is an accredited training provider and assessor with the Field Guide Association of Sothern Africa (FGASA). He also works as a Special Knowledge and Skills (Dangerous Game) Trainer and Evaluator. Colin is the Game Preserve Manager at Moholoholo Mountain View where he will teach us track and sign. He will also evaluate us at the end of our stay by givingClick here to listen to an interview with each student a CybertrackerColin Patrick and Sandy Willmore evaluation test. Colin lives with his
  24. 24. Kersey Lawrence Kirstin “Kersey” Lawrence is a Ph.D. student from the University of Connecticut where she is also an instructor of Wildlife Management and Environmental Science. She is part of team that has led University students to South Africa over the past four years. For two years she has been researching the accuracy of CyberTracker certified guides and wildlife trackers in regards track ID and trailing. The trackers identify tracks in front of remote cameras every morning and the tracks are compared with the photos on the cameras to determine tracker accuracy. Kersey is an expert tracker in her own right and has earned Track and Sign SpecialistClick here to watch an certification in South Africa (the second woman tointerview with Kersey ever do so and the first non-African woman ever!).in the bush in South Africa. She has earned Tracker Level 2 status and will be Skyping with our class. We hope to see her in
  25. 25. Mike Kessler Mike is a Wildlife and Forensic Tracking Instructor with the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources (Wildlife) and a member of the Department of Anthropology (Forensic) teacher with The University of Vermont in Burlington. He has taught approximately 40 wildlife tracking courses over the past five years at The University of Vermont and hosted related field trips with local high schools. Past courses include Vermont Wildlife Trail Analysis, Intro to Wildlife Tracking, Wildlife Track Analysis and Intro to Forensic Tracking. Mike will be instructing the optional four week Wildlife Tracking course for us through the University of Vermont. Students who take the course can earn 1 credit of science.
  26. 26. Class Schedule October 18, 2012 - Celebration and Information Night at the McCoy October 19, 2012 - Interest Form available On-Line. November 16, 2012 -Interest Form Deadline November 21, 2012 – Applications open. December 2012 - Robotics Classes begin April 2013 - Weekly evening classes begin. June 2-12, 2013 - Trip to South Africa June 17-21, 2013 – Work on Final Projects and On-Line Wildlife Tracking Program starts June 21, 2013 - Class officially ends July 12, 2013 – On-Line Tracking course with University of Vermont ends.
  27. 27. South Africa Trip ItineraryDay 1: Arrival andorientation, first walk in gamepreserve.Day 2: Survival in the bush: seewhat it is like on a grassroots levelfor living in the African bush.
Day 3: Bush walk tour andawareness skills, Dissection ofImpala or Warthog, Predator BaitingStation, Tracking Africas WildlifeLessons in the Bush.
  28. 28. South Africa Trip ItineraryDay 4: Kruger National Park Safari -This park has the most diverse gameviewing experience in Africa with 336trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.Day 5: Tracking & Trailing SouthAfrican Style, Bushman First AidDay 6: Tracking ID training, Shelterbuilding, overnight in the Bush!
  29. 29. South Africa Trip Itinerary Day 7: Moholoholo Rehab Center. We will learn how the rehab center works to care for injured and poisoned wildlife. Students will be on a special tour and will get up close and personal with some animals. 
Day 8: We will take a photography trip along the magnificent Panorama Route which is best known for its cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes. We will also stop at Harrie’s Pancake House for lunch.
  30. 30. South Africa Trip ItineraryDay 9: All students are tested on theirWildlife Tracking skill by going through afull day test and evaluation in the bush.Students can earn internationalcertification through CyberTrackerdepending on their score. In theevening we will take our final Night Drivethrough the bush.Day 10: Depart for EastgateHoedspruit Airport to fly toJohannesburg and then home.
  31. 31. Personal SafetyHoedspruit – doctors, dentists, pharmacies.Johannesburg – one hour flight. Top medical hospitals and facilities.Dr. Inga Jolly – trip doctorSandy Willmore - Wilderness First Aid
  32. 32. International Safety Participate in SMART Traveler Enrollment program with the US State Department. By enrolling, our embassy and consulates will know about our trip and they can keep us up to date with important safety and security announcements as needed. It will also help our friends and family get in touch with us in an emergency. Though any type of emergency is unlikely, it is possible that an emergency could occur before or during our trip. For this reason we strongly advise all participants to purchase travel insurance that would cover your investment if for some reason you could not go on the trip or needed medical assistance during the trip. If at any time our government advises us to not travel to South Africa, the trip will be postponed or cancel. Travel advisories are posted and updated daily via the Internet. Travel advisories are posted and updated daily via this web site:
  33. 33. Course Fee and CoverageThis course costs $4,995. There will be fund raisingopportunities and scholarships available. All students will worktogether as a class to help promote and fundraise throughestablished activities to help bring down the costs ofparticipation.• Round trip flight to South Africa.• Overnight stay in Johannesburg upon arrival.• All ground transportation and guides.• All meals and lodging at Moholoholo Mountain View• Fee for Cyber tracker Test evaluation• Staff, Instructors, and Guest Speakers• Safari to Kruger National Park and Moholoholo RehabCenter
  34. 34. Additional CostsParticipants will be expected to supply their own personal gear such as camera, journal, small backpack, flash drives.All students must be current on their vaccinations. Vaccination for Typhoid and medication for malaria are recommended.Students will purchase their own lunch while on Safari at Kruger National Park and at Harrie’s Pancake House during the Panoramic Route tour.Students can bring funds for souvenirs.Purchase of 1 credit hour of Science from the University of Connecticut is separate and optional. Course fee is $697.50
  35. 35. Interest Form and WebsiteCheck out the course website for more information and a course interest Applications are due December 16that midnight. Questions? Contact Sandy Willmore at
  36. 36. See you there…