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Student Event to Mobilize Data Visualization for Local Classrooms

April 4, 2023
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screenshot of blue and grey Lidar point cloud of an oak tree in summer

What: Design Sprint/Hack-a-Thon to build the scaffolding for a new web-tool that will visualize real-time data from the Witness Tree Social Media Project

Who: Open (free) to Harvard undergraduates and graduate students, particularly those with experience in coding, data visualization, and/or educational technology design for middle and high school audiences. Space is limited to 15 people, so register early!

When: Friday, April 14 from 12:30-3:30pm

Where: Longfellow Hall Room 207; 6 Appian Way Cambridge, MA 02138

The event will begin with lunch and brief presentations by Witness Tree project scientists and educators, followed by group-work sessions for participants to brainstorm design and technical elements that will most effectively engage middle and high school educators and students in exploring Witness Tree data.

The event is co-sponsored by Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology and HGSE Students for Climate Justice, and funded by the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund.

Following the design sprint, Harvard Forest will seek to recruit two student interns to work for 3 months remotely (paid), part-time, to develop, fine-tune, and debut the web-tool for teacher feedback in August 2023. [see job posting here]

(LIDAR image of the Harvard Forest Witness Tree courtesy of the Schaaf Lab at UMass Boston)

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