SERVICE LEARNING

A large part of the GeoTEd-UAS mission includes service learning projects. Select the projects below to read more about these projects and to download resources associated with each project.

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Project #1
In 2015, Thomas Nelson Community College offered a three-credit Sea Level Rise Service Learning course (GIS 295) at NASA Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore. Students spent four days of outdoor fieldwork focused on tackling the issue of sea level rise, invasive species and their impact on coastal communities and ecosystems including NASA Wallops. Using GIS (Geographic Information Systems),GPS (Global Positioning System), unmanned aircraft systems, and other technologies, students modeled various sea level rise scenarios and gauged their impacts to NASA infrastructure and habitats.

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Partners: NASA Wallops, TNCC

Products: from this project can be found here.

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Project #2
Initial stage is aerial mapping of The Nature Conservancy properties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This project allows teachers to gain UAS experience as well as to create a statewide model for students in service learning.

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Partners:The Nature Conservancy

Products: from this project can be found here.

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Project #3
On Friday, GeoTEd faculty and students from Thomas Nelson and Eastern Shore Community participated in mapping with drones and use of a thermal imagery camera on the Eastern Shore. The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve and the community of Oyster are working together to design, implement and maintain a shoreline nature trail along the eastern tip of the village. The Eastern Shore Community Foundation is providing funding for the trail, which will allow public access and recreation with unobstructed views of southern barrier islands off the Virginia Coast. The trail project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2018. The mapping is part of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) student service learning missions in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the Eastern Shore.

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Partners:The Nature Conservancy, TNCC, Eastern Shore Community College

Products: from this project can be found here.

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