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Residents of Smethport, PA are now able to learn more about the historical and natural treasures of their community, thanks to the collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts of faculty and students at the University of Pittsburgh’s Bradford Campus. The GPS Mapping and Community Development project is part of a larger effort to raise awareness about the region’s natural and historical assets to promote sustainable economic development.

Drs. William Schumann (Anthropology), Reece Wilson (Education) and Jeremy Callinan (Computer Programming) have developed a new web-based walking trail application for public and educational use. Dr. Schumann’s students used GPS data recording equipment to plot Google maps with key coordinates along community walking trails. Dr. Callinan’s students assisted with application development for handheld devices. As users walk the trails with their devices they are alerted to coordinates of natural and historical significance. Users can access additional text, graphics and videos through their devices. Dr. Wilson’s students are using this new tool to build GPS-based lesson plans for different age groups in the Smethport Area School District.

For additional information please visit the Teaching Times article.

 

Students marking coordinates of interest along a trail they created using handheld GPS units.
Students marking coordinates of interest along a trail they created using handheld GPS units. Click image to enlarge.

Students in Dr. Reese Wilson’s “Family and Community Relationships” course integrate the trail maps in to lesson plans they are designing for local schools.
Students in Dr. Reese Wilson’s “Family and Community Relationships” course integrate the trail maps in to lesson plans they are designing for local schools. Click image to enlarge.