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Direct to the Wild: The Appalachian Trail

Posted on Dec 01, 2011 by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: Digital Video, K20 Education, Video, Video Services, Video, Voice & Collaboration

The Direct to Discovery (D2D) program at Georgia Tech brings world-class researchers and their laboratories directly into the K-12 classroom. D2D enables teachers and researchers to collaborate in providing rich, up-to-date science content that inspires, motivates, and empowers experiential learning. Direct from the Wild: The Appalachian Trail is a Direct to Discovery project whose purpose is to connect K-12 students from around the world in real time to an outdoorsman as he completes a 2,000 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Gary Summers, a Georgia native and avid outdoorsman, will hike the Appalachian Trail end-to-end beginning in mid-March and finishing in mid-October, 2012. Gary will be equipped with the latest in miniature high-definition video camera technology enabling students from around the world to see what Gary sees and engage with him in real time as he encounters the wonders of nature at points along the trail.

The project is currently being developed by Marshall Chambers at Georgia Tech. Marshall is looking for partners at Internet2 member universities located in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail to explore ways to establish the connectivity needed for the project. If you're interested in learning more about the project, Marshall can be reached via email at marshall.chambers@oit.gatech.edu or 404-407-7497.

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