HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Through the use of immersive technology, Mid-Pacific offers students opportunities to address real-world challenges in meaningful ways. On Sept. 13, 8th graders in Leilani Sills' Advanced Design Thinking course traveled to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in Hilo, Hawai'i to capture 360 degree video as part of a partnership with Catalog.Earth, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the world's vanishing landscapes with 360 degree video for free and public use. Mid-Pacific is the organization's first and only educational partner, and is a pioneer in offering the opportunity for middle school students to learn 360 degree video capture.
The 8th grade students caught the attention of Catalog.Earth representatives who saw 360 degree videos taken and stitched together by the students of trips to Makapu'u. The videos were posted online by Advanced Design Thinking Teacher Leilani Sills.
Joined by Dr. Dwayne Priester and School Technology Specialist Tony Johansen, Leilani Sills and her students captured five different areas of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park including the Holei Sea Arch, Pu'uloa Petroglyphs, Pauahi Crater, Sulphur and Steam Vents, and lava fields using two highly sophisticated GoPro Omni Rigs - six cameras mounted together. The rigs were donated by GoPro and the trip was made possible by a generous donation from a Mid-Pacific alum.
The goal of this project is to record images of Hawai'i Island's volcano, to help build a public platform, and allow anyone to access 360 degree footage of the rapidly changing landscape of Hawai'i. This information will be free and available under the Creative Commons license. Mid-Pacific 8th grade Advanced Design Thinking students are currently stitching together the 360 degree volcano video and will publish the footage upon completion later this fall.
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