I have been considering developing my I-SWOOP program about the LIDAR scanning technology. However, I am struggling with the content that should be involved.
My thoughts so far:
Introduce program with take a stand activity to discuss people’s thoughts/feelings on use of technology in National Parks.
Introduce NPS mission, and ask audience if they think that technology can play a role in upholding this mission. If so, how? Discuss.
Share with them what LIDAR scanning technology: What LIDAR stands for, how it works, What has it been used for thus far, and how it enables scientists to learn about the cave/what they have already used the technology for. ask audience members how they think that this can be used to uphold the mission.
Ask audience if they were scientists, what questions would they want to answer with this technology? Might there be other research that this technology can be used to augment (i.e various bat population models to see if previous estimates were realistic or not).
Any thoughts/feedback on what I have so far? Additions you would suggest?
I feel least confident in having the knowledge of how LIDAR works- who developed it, and what prompted scientists to start using it. I know that the goal of I-SWOOP isn’t to impart knowledge as much as engage visitors with asking questions and discovering things themselves, but I would like more knowledge base, so I can better steer the program.
Thanks for the help!