BITS Summer Intensive Program focused on helping high school students from Philadelphia to examine local environmental and economic concerns. One technology task that students engaged was to create maps to represent places they visited, described and depicted with photographs, reports, podcasts, and projects. Below are a collection of maps created by BITS participants throughout the summer.
The Next Generation of Bikes group created two maps. The first, shown to the left, illustrates the setting and specific locations of bike racks throughout Temple University's main campus. The second, shown below, depicts the locations of bike repair shops throughout Philadelphia. The project was part of an internship with Temple University's new Bike Temple program that aims to provide Temple students and staff with low cost bikes, resources to repair bikes, and information about safe bike commuting. A highlight of the summer program was participating in group rides to make assess locations and paths that foster safe commuting throughout campus.
The Ebony Past to Present group worked in Temple University's Blockson Collection all summer reviewing and reporting from Ebony Magazine archives. The students focused on innovators and artists featured in the series. Students created a map that showed locations where innovations featured in Ebony first appeared. The markers are noted with information about the key figures related to the innovations; and the markers are color coded to reflect the type of innovation featured on the map.
The Environmental Research Forum group created this map depicting locations on Temple University's Main Campus where the BITS Program was held throughout the summer. Locations featured on the map have photographs taken by students, along with brief notes about environmental themes in those settings. This group reported on all of the green internship and program initiatives throughout the summer.
BITS Program Participants are shown here working in the Social Science Data Library (SSDL) with Graduate Coorinator Kelly George. This group's blog is called Mapping our Future. Students work are working on a map cataloging and archiving project supervised by David Ford of SSDL.
BITS Program participants are busy working on social media projects that depict the projects they have been working on this summer. Students are creating blogs, powerpoint presentations, podcasts, and slide shows related to many different environmental themes. These will be shared in showcase events planned for next Friday, August 14, on Temple University's Main Campus, located on Avenue of the Arts North. In addition to the showcases on Friday, some students will participate in a Mock Trial on Wednesday and others will host an exhibit of local artist Walter Gholson's work on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
Service Learners are focused on designing new and improved trail entrances to the Wissahickon Park. These designs reflect what they observed on several park visits about the park users. The students found that very few hikers use the lower trail in comparison to cyclists and runners during the early afternoon hours. However, the diversity of uses was evident. In addition to hikers, runners and cyclists, students discovered many fishers on sunnier days.
Interns are blogging about their daily activities and preparing for the showcase events that will be held throughout next week. They are also completing career portfolios that include resumes, samples of their work, and reflections of their strengths and skills in the workplace. Here are links to the internship team blogs:
BITS Program events and times will be announced soon! Stay tuned for particulars!
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Paving Your Way with Journals and Conferences and Web 2.0
ITSRG sponsored a month-long writing workshop involving faculty, graduate student and community fellows aimed at sharing outcomes of our programs, projects and research activites. Fellows have been writing about issues such as digital inclusion, literacy and place, cyber safety for kids, web 2.0 and communities, fair information practices, BITS Program Lessons Learned and e-health.
ITSRG Student Fellow and Geography and Urban Studies Graduate Fatima Abbas was recently featured in Temple University's Meet the 2008 Graduates article.
ITSRG hosts a panel session at the AAG meeting in Boston on the intersection of informal science education and geography - Lessons learned from the BITS Program Wednesday, from 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Graduate Fellow Langston Clement will present Access to Admissions, a short film that visualizes enabled spaces from the perspectives of high school students in North Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA--Resume pitfalls, interview faux pas, and using one’s myspace page to land a job were the topics of conversation for 33 juniors from Carver High School of Engineering and Science, Philadelphia, who recently spent the day honing their job seeking skills as of the part of the “Inside with Intel” job workshop sponsored by the Information Technology and Society Research Group (ITSRG) at Temple University with additional volunteer support from graduate students from the Geography and Urban Studies program at Temple.
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