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March 23, 2012

C2SEA STEM Initiative Kick Off Event a Success!

School District broadcasted live from San Diego State University’s Field Station Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve to officially kick off the pilot for Capistrano Collaborative for STEM Education Advancement (C2SEA), which centers around virtual field trips for students with university and federal agency partners.

Details found at: C2SEAStemEvent.pdf

Dr. Farley is standing in the river

November 1 - 3, 2011

Sea to Shining Sea LIVE Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, San Diego

The workshop hosted by San Diego State University Field Stations Program, the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) and Cabrillo National Monument over the course of three sunny days. Participants learned to assemble and use the low-cost LIVE backpack system to broadcast distance education programs to classrooms and audiences across the country. In addition, National Park service staff, teachers, and school administrators learned to design a basic wireless system which supports LIVE distance education programs and real-time environmental sensors at their sites. This year's LIVE workshop included instruction and tips on how to draft a PMIS project statement to seek grant funds for implementation of LIVE programs at each NPS site.

See also Workshop 2011 materials

Workshop participants using LIVE packpack with video camera and lap top

February 2011

National Leadership Council members visit Cabrillo National Monument via LIVE

On a sunny February morning, from the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, Tom Workman, Superintendent at Cabrillo National Monument, welcomes members of the National Park Service (NPS) National Leadership Council (NLC) to San Diego. The NLC in a computer lab at the University of Maryland takes a LIVE tour of Cabrillo National Monument. The NLC is composed of the NPS Director, Chief of Staff, Deputy Directors, Associate Directors, Regional Directors, and other Washington Office staff which consult on major policy and program issues important to the NPS.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20110731/

A group of people watching event on big screen

February 22, 2011

Sea to Shining Sea LIVE welcomes Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site

The temperature was zero on February 22 at Knife River Indian Villages NHS, but that did not stop fifty 5th graders from visiting. These Louisville, Kentucky students were not fazed by the near sub-zero weather-they were in the warmth of a school library.

Details found at: KNRI.pdf

LIVE earth lodge image

November 2010

The Sea to Shining Sea project welcomes Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GUMO)

Staff at Guadalupe Mountains National Park successfully broadcast a LIVE program to the NPS booth during the NAI conference. The staff at Guadalupe Mountains National Park conducted an interpretive program highlighting scenic geological features and the natural vegetation of the park.

Details found at: GUMO_11_10.pdf

Guadalupe Mountains Chief of Interpretation Karl Pierce during LIVE presentation

November 15 - 20, 2010

The Southern California Research Learning Center represented the National Park Service at National Association for Interpretation Conference in Las Vegas, NV

Staff from the Southern California Research Learning Center hosted several programs at the National Association for Interpretation Conference in Las Vegas including: a LIVE interactive portal, a National Park Service booth, interacted with National Association for Interpretation (NAI) members, highlighted citizen science and youth projects, furthered the goals of the Sea to Shining Sea LIVE project, and saw its director, Susan Teel, receive an award for interpretative excellence.

Details found at:
http://www.researchlearningcenter.org/StSS/Pdfs/NAI2.pdf

Southern California Research Learning Center represented the National Park Service at National Association for Interpretation Conference in Las Vegas, NV

November 12, 2010

Federal Agencies and Universities are Introduced to Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) at 10th Annual Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit

The National Park Service and San Diego State University Field Stations Program presented a demonstration of Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) to 78 participants of the 10th Annual Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit at Hampton University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Hampton, VA. The Executive Leadership Summit brings together aspiring college and university presidents, many from HBCUs, public and private sector officials, providing them the opportunity to network and learn how to best work together as partners.

Details found at: WriteupHU_ExecLSummit_11.pdf

Speaker at the 10th Annual Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit
at Hampton University

October 12-14, 2010

Diversity Days LIVE, Washington, D.C.

Six LIVE Diversity Days programs were broadcast from nine different National Park Service and partner locations across the country to the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. The Department of the Interior hosted the Southern California Research Learning Center, the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) and nine National Park Service Units to help "Honor America's Heritage and Culture" at the multi-day event.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20101025/

LIVE at Manzanar National Historic Site

September 18-20, 2010

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference (HACU)

The Southern California Research Learning Center, in collaboration with the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network, Cabrillo National Monument, Biscayne National Park, and Santa Monica Mountains NRA hosted several interactive exhibits at the HACU conference towards recruiting promising Hispanic students into cool careers in the Great Outdoors of the National Park Service. A second goal at the HACU conference was to demonstrate and discuss the use of LIVE as an experiential distance education tool affecting higher education for Hispanics and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20101015/

Two young people at the conference

June 2, 2010

Cabrillo National Monument Living History LIVE

Children at Pala Learning Center enjoy Living History LIVE Pala Learning Center hosted an HPWREN LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Explorations) activity for approximately 20 elementary school children. The Learning Center provides an array of resources for the Pala Native American reservation community.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20100611/

A couple dressed up in period dress standing in front of the Point Loma Lighthouse, and a camera and laptop is seen

May 15, 2010

TeacherTECH LIVE Workshop in San Diego

Three National Park Service Research Learning Centers collaborated with the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network team, the San Diego Super Computer Center, and San Diego State University to host a TeacherTECH LIVE workshop.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20100614/

Audience of teachers looking at the screen showing a park ranger talking at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park

April 14, 2010

HPWREN extends the wireless network at Cabrillo National Monument

New equipment installed by HPWREN at Cabrillo National Monument will provide the capability to conduct Living History LIVE broadcasts.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20100414/

A couple of people dressesd up in period dress at Point Loma

Please welcome the Murie Science and Learning Center and the Great Lakes Research and Education Center to the Sea to Shining Sea project. Murie SLC plans to broadcast a LIVE program segment at the May 15, 2010 TecherTech workshop, hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Great Lakes Research and Education Center is working with the Sea Grant Program to purchase equipment to broadcast LIVE programs soon.

logo of Murie SLC and image of a house

For complete PDF versions of these project summaries, please click on the links below:

thumbnail images of pdf files

December 25, 2009

Third Sea to Shining Sea Live Interactive Virtual Explorations workshop held in Connecticut

The third Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) workshop was held on November 19, 2009 at the National Park Service's National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference in Hartford, CT.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20091225/

people learning about LIVE, a workshop event

April 27, 2009

From Electron Microscopes to World-Class Telescopes and Beyond: April HPWREN LIVE Activities Include UCSD Department of NanoEngineering Electron Microscope Facility, the Palomar Observatory, Birch Aquarium, and Cabrillo National Monument

A description of multiple April 2009 HPWREN LIVE activities.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090427/

Electron microscope image

April 16, 2009

First Annual San Diego Science Festival Includes Several Activities with HPWREN and StSS Projects

In conjunction with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the HPWREN team assisted in providing a 45Mbps Internet connection throughout a portion of Balboa Park for the San Diego Science Festival's Expo Day on April 4.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090416/

Plants and an experiment at the festival

March 31, 2009

HPWREN and StSS Teams Participate in George Wright Society Conference in Portland

Earlier this month, the HPWREN and StSS teams demonstrated Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) outreach activities at the 2009 George Wright Society Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090331/

collage of images showing people and computer screens

March 24, 2009

Initial experiments with a mobile multiple-sensor platform, using hydrology measurements

This article describes a prototype of a mobile multiple-sensor platform, that is able to utilize existing cyberinfrastructure, including for real-time hydrology data.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090324/

mobile sensor setup

February 12, 2009

Intern Experience -- National Park Service and San Diego State University

Kelly Lion and Sarina Cassaro are interning jointly with the National Park Service and San Diego State University. The goal of the nternship is to learn how to install and upkeep key components of a wireless sensor network that are nodes on HPWREN, specifically at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and the NPS Cabrillo National Monument.

Details found at: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090212/

one of the interns in the ocean using a mobile sensor

February 10, 2009

Synopsis of Recent LIVE Demonstrations at Science and Education Sites Throughout the United States

In an effort to identify sites which have limited or non-existent Internet connectivity and which have unique or rare resources to share with students via Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) distance education programs, Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) staff have met with National Park Service staff at various parks to provide an overview of the StSS project and introduce them to the equipment needed to support distance education in remote and hard to reach field locations.

Details found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/LIVE/20090210

 Three alligators at Big Cypress National Preserve Oasis Visitor Center

December 19, 2008

HPWREN and StSS Teams Collaborate with Mountain Empire Middle School for Ocean Terracing LIVE

On December 1, Mountain Empire Middle School science students participated in "Ocean Terracing LIVE" with Marine Biologist Benjamin Pister at the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area. Dr. Pister shared information regarding ocean terracing and then fielded an array of questions posed by the middle school students.

Details found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20081219/

Point Loma coast at Cabrillo National Monument

November 22, 2008

Technology Transfer Workshop for National Park Service staff and educators led by HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program staff

HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program led a two-day Technology Transfer Workshop and Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) backpack system training for National Park Service staff and educators. Participants learned the basics of how to plan and install a wireless system which supports LIVE distance education programs and environmental sensors.

Details found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20081122/

Workshop participants working with LIVE equipment

October 31, 2008

October LIVE Activities Include Experiments with Off-Shore ROV, Rural Science Class, and SDSC Building Dedication

The past few weeks have been busy for the HPWREN LIVE and NPS StSS teams. The applied research efforts encompassed tests involving an off-shore ROV, an experiment at a rural mountain school, and LIVE demonstrations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center's New Building Dedication.

Details found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20081031/

ROV test in kelp beds

August 2008

Women Scientists in Action: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Hosts HPWREN LIVE and National Park Service StSS Collaboratory Activity

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center summer campers participated on August 15 in a Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) activity between the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area and a lecture hall at the Science Center.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20080815/

Young female students watching a LIVE presentation

June 2008

HPWREN Collaborates with National Park Service for the 2008 National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California

The HPWREN team participated in the annual National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory on May 30-31 with collaborators from the National Park Service (NPS) California Mediterranean Research Learning Center, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
Event participants ranged from scientists and educators to K-12 students and general community members in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20080617/
The following StSS print materials were used at this event:
Sea to Shining Sea Timeline
StSS Poster and Handout:
Match the Sea Creatures with their Coastal Home

Young students exploring the lake

March 2008

Biscayne National Park Explores StSS Opportunities for Education and Outreach at Planning Meeting

Biscayne National Park hosted a March meeting involving a LIVE demo as well as shark tagging. Participants hailed from the HPWREN project, the National Park Service, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, South Broward High School, and the University of Miami.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20080318/

shark tagging

February 2008

Pala Native American Youth Explore Tidepools via HPWREN LIVE

Tidepools at the Cabrillo National Monument were enjoyed by Pala Native American youth via HPWREN LIVE in February 2008. Additional activities involved an on-site geologist and hands-on activities with southern California shells.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20080215/

Young students watching the cliffs on a screen via LIVE

March 2007:

National Park Service exhibit at a High Tech Fair showing LIVE technology with the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve via HPWREN

The National Park Service showcased HPWREN LIVE at a technology fair for San Diego public school youth. Students "toured" Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve from the fair - participating in real-time question/answer sessions with biologists at the hard-to-reach reserve.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20070325/

Pablo Bryant testing water quality at the river

December 2006:

Collaborative Distance Education Pilot Activity enabled by HPWREN at the Cabrillo National Monument

The LIVE backpack system was used for an experiment between the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego and students at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. A Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) was also used during the demo.

Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20061218/

A park ranger is filming in the tide pools