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.
ITSRG is sponsoring an Earth Day Tweetup on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about environmental issues, actions and research related to Philadelphia, PA.
We're pretty excited here at the corner of Broad and Oxford Streets. Over the last few weeks, we've watched the final demo of the old strip mall Progress Plaza to make way for the new and LONG promised grocery store in North Philadelphia.
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