(thesis advisor)Cynthia Lawson
(thesis advisor)Loretta Wolozin
(thesis advisor)Andrew Zornoza
(thesis advisor)Scott Pobiner
(thesis advisor)Ira Stern
(thesis advisor)Anezka Sebek
Uncover Geology (UG) is a multi-media, multi-modal educational tool kit for learning about the water cycle and watersheds. It is a portable scale model of a community that is connected to a flash animation application. The scale model of this particular community, Ellington, NY allows one to physically manipulate these formations with ones hands.
Making use of the three learning styles (visual/auditory/tactile), UG approaches the study of water cycles through visual feedback animations, moderation and tactile manipulation of model pieces. The purpose of this particular model is to help support education to community members facing significant watersheds issues.
Without a common visual language or an introduction to watershed terminology, community members are unable to productively participate in the redevelopment of their own watershed. UG is a case study and work-in-progress towards getting private and public agencies on the same page with community members through an interactive educational tool kit that raises awareness about watersheds (a topic that is often hard to visualize as a large part of this topic is hidden from everyday life).
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