We use a lot of cutting-edge technology here in the Dow Digital Science Center. Take a look at some of the STEM-focused projects we’ve been working on.
Many different technologies are being used in the Dow Digital Science Center. However we are most proud of the innovative research we are exploring using remote cameras and wireless sensor technologies.
The main source of data connection is courtesy of Cass Air, who generously supports ongoing efforts at Forest Hill Nature Area by providing wireless service to users of the nature area. It is also used in conjunction with the newly installed Cisco Wireless system installed by Alma College Information Technology and Facilities and Service Management. Donated in conjunction with a STEM education grant from the Dow Foundation.
Trail Cameras, Axis Video Feed Cameras, Cisco Wireless Cameras and ATI Video cameras are all in use at the Dow digital Science Center. In addition, HOBO Sensor Units, Arduino PC’s with Vernier Wireless sensors are also being used.
The goal is to get kids interested in the field and exploring science. The partnership with the Forest Hill Nature Area is a prime example of this use of technology and science. the Focal Tree Project is a great way for local students to observe the tree in their classroom, via the internet, and observe changes and the life cycle of the tree year round.
The Focal Tree is being observed using an Axis camera and has a HOBO Sensor linked to the base of the tree to collect the data on the wetness of the soil temperature and ambient sunlight the tree is getting on a daily basis.
Biologist Dave Clark and his students successfully employed an interactive robot that responds to the immediate actions of a live lizard in their habitat on the Galapagos Islands.
Faculty researcher Amanda Harwood and her students are testing the feasibility of using activated carbon to reduce the bioavailability of DDT in contaminated soil.
The complexity of spiders has long fascinated animal behavioral scientist Dave Clark. He uses virtual digital technology to study animal communication.
Students analyze honey samples from different regions and forages of Michigan to determine their potential as a complementary healing agent.
Professor Melissa Strait and Alma undergraduates measure what happens to a meteorite when it is struck by something.