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Landmap @ the National Science and Engineering Week

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The Venue

From the 19 March to 22 March, 2013 Landmap had the fortunate task of participating in the National Science and Engineering Week which aimed to demonstrate how the sciences, technology and mathematics relate to our everyday lives. Held in the opulent Main Hall of the Sackville Building - The University of Manchester, whose walls have indeed housed and nurtured many a budding scientist, a total of 857 eager school pupils attended the event.

Interactive Activities - Spatial Science & Remote Sensing

Over the course of four days we invited pupils to take part in a number of interactive activities aimed at introducing them to spatial science and remote sensing - subjects which are becoming increasingly relevant and integral to contemporary living.

Augmented Reality UKMap App

Of all the activities presented at the event, perhaps the most interesting and innovative was the Augmented Reality UKMap (AR) App which combines two technologies – augmented reality and GIS – allowing pupils to visualise spatial data in 3-D. Through the collaboration of the SCARLET Project and Landmap, pupils were able to test the app for the first time and it was certainly well received. There seemed to be a natural affiliation between the pupils and this technology as it provides a more dynamic and engaging element to the learning process and pupils, of varying ages and attainment, completed the related exercise with ease and enthusiasm. From firsthand experience of seeing pupils with this technology, I envisage that augmented reality’s role in education, and generally the perception of data, is likely to be significant as it provides new alleyways to teaching and learning.

Tracing the Invisible & Spot the Difference

Other activities included “Tracing the Invisible” and “Spot the Difference.” The former touched on the basic fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation and aimed to explain why objects are of different colours and the principals of how a satellite captures an image. The latter used past and present satellite imagery of Manchester to demonstrate urban change over time, highlighting to the pupils some of the basic applications for satellite imagery.

Event Overview

The event as a whole was a great success and holds countless importance in enthusing young people to pursue science in all its shapes and forms. One of the teachers after attending the event spoke highly of the fair saying:

“I just want to say a massive Thank you to all involved in the event today… I just want to let you know that all of the pupils loved it. What was really nice to hear was some of them talking about courses that they might possibly want to pursue in the future.”

My mind is at ease knowing that the future of science is potentially in the hands of those pupils that walked through those doors during that week. Their level of intelligence and enthusiasm displayed by all the pupils was truly impressive and the all Landmap team want to thank all the schools for making the week a great success.

By scanning this image using a smart phone or tablet, the Junaio App will overlay a 3-D version of various data sets related to the area

Building Heights Data provided by UKMap is visualised in 3-D. Other layers included landcover, and occupation of buildings.

Radiation Pathway Exercise

Supplementary materials for the Radiation Pathway Exercise explaining the basic principals of electromagnetic radiation

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