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New App Helps Parkgoers Interact With Northeast Ohio's Trails; WKSU; May 31, 2016
By Jeff St. Clair
A new app is launching Wednesday that provides an interactive guide for visitors to Northeast Ohio’s parks.
The phone app helps people learn more about what they’re seeing, and as WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports, offers a chance to take part in research projects.
The app, developed at Kent State with a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation grant, looks to bring the self-directed learning experience of museums and science centers to the great outdoors.
It has maps of the trails, marks more than 250 points of interest, and guides hikers through five interactive Adventure Tracks.
Team leader Rick Ferdig, an educational psychologist at Kent State, says the app allows him to study how people learn outdoors as opposed to inside museums or science centers that have Wi-fi and placards.
“What is the feasibility of doing this in a park where you might not have those things," says Ferdig, "and in that type of environment how can you improve people’s understanding of science and even seeing themselves as scientists.”
Ferdig says a soon-to-be-added function uses crowd-sourced input to identify unknown plants and animals.
Ferdig says an update planned for the fall will also allow park visitors to join citizen-science projects.