- Introduce the camp to students and give brief overview of what they will be doing over the next two weeks, which are
Learn about digital maps
See samples of online digital maps
use ArcView GIS program to add data layers to a digital map
go out in field and collect data about the area surrounding the Urban League building using PDA's, digital cameras and GPS units
transfer data from PDA's and camera and develop a simple Geographical information system using Microsoft Frontpage.
Analyze area and make recommendations on how to improve the area
- Give demonstration of ArcIMS applications which are available and give students time to explore an application
- Introduce students to ArcView applications and teach them the basic steps involved in adding data and exploring the map. Data layers for Newark blocks, lots, buildings, streets, and an aerial photo will be available as the data that they will work with.
- Students will print out a map of the area surrounding the Urban League building to use on their field trip.
- The field trip will be explained to the students. There will be a discussion of what data can be collected to identify and describe buildings, parks, businesses, etc. This data will include such things as the address, business name, phone number, building or property type (residential/commercial/recreation/education/ etc.),condition of building/property.
- Students will be introduced to and instructed on how to use the PDA, digital camera, and GPS units.
- Students will be allowed to use the devices and will be instructed on the steps involved in collecting data during the field trip.
- Students will be taken on field trip in the area surrounding the Urban League building on Central avenue. They will be creating “records” of buildings and properties by taking a digital image of the building, recording the gps coordinates of the location, and entering data into a spreadsheet in a PDA.
Thursday- Monday of Week 2
- Students will return to the computer lab and be shown how to download the images from the cameras and the data from the PDA and store them on the computer.
- Students will be shown how to convert the spreadsheet into a GIS coordinate file which can be opened in ArcView and plotted on top of the data layers which are available for Newark. The location of these points will not be exact due to an inaccuracy in the GPS units, but students will be shown how to move these points to correct their location. The students will then save their map as an image to use as the map in their Geographical Information System.
- Students will be shown a demo of what their Geographical Information System should look similar to.
- Instructor will list the elements which should be in their projects and explain each one. Students will be encouraged to add their own ideas. These elements are the following:
List of group members
Links to elements of GIS system
Map of area
Buildings/properties will be hyperlinked ,using an image map in Frontpage, to the corresponding page/record.
Information page for each building/record
A page will be created for each property. This page will contain the picture that was taken in the field trip, as well as the data which was collected.
- Students will be instructed on how to start a Frontpage Web and perform tasks such as adding hyperlinks to text, creating an image map, inserting images, etc.
- Instructors will explain to students how to divide work amongst each group member.
- Students will begin creating their GIS system.
- After completing their GIS system of the area, students will be asked what types of changes they would make to the area to improve it. They will choose the locations of properties that they will change and make a spreadsheet of the coordinates of these locations so that they can plot them in ArcView. They will then save the map as an image and use it to create a GIS system of the changes that they will make to the area in the same way that they made their GIS system of the current state of the area.
- Students will make a presentation of their GIS system. This presentation should include the following:
A statement of the problem
An analysis of the neighborhood.
Students should show a variety of the elements that are in the area by using their GIS system to show the records for each item.
suggest changes to the neighborhood and show these changes by clicking on the property on the map to bring up the record.
- Instructors and students will make suggestions on how to improve their projects and presentations and they will be given the remainder of the day to make their changes
- Students will make their final presentations.