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The integration of ArcGIS and Drone (remote sensing) technology is integral to evaluation and protection of water sources. The connection between the two provides methods to identify potential hazards to water sources as well as analyzing methods that currently protect sources. Seminole High School (SHS) has received educational access to ESRI’s ArcGIS; 1,000 licenses renewable every 5-years at no cost to SHS. Additionally, students have begun learning FAA 14 CFR Part 107 Regulations to fly drones; this is a commercial drone pilot certification/license. The lessons learned within the two platforms integrate the technologies to enhance student understanding of real-world applications that protect water sources.

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RJ - ArcGIS and Remote Sensing Drones: Detection and Analysis of Water Source Hazards

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School:
Seminole High School 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
Jerry Cantrell 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
October 20, 2021

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James Financial - $1,000.00

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Goal

The integration of ArcGIS and Drone (remote sensing) technology is integral to evaluation and protection of water sources. The connection between the two provides methods to identify potential hazards to water sources as well as analyzing methods that currently protect sources. Seminole High School (SHS) has received educational access to ESRI’s ArcGIS; 1,000 licenses renewable every 5-years at no cost to SHS. Additionally, students have begun learning FAA 14 CFR Part 107 Regulations to fly drones; this is a commercial drone pilot certification/license. The lessons learned within the two platforms integrate the technologies to enhance student understanding of real-world applications that protect water sources. 

 

What will be done with my students

ArcGIS is widely used to interpolate data to determine the quality of water. In the past, remote sensing has been exclusive to satellite technology by measuring data sets such as turbidity and chlorophyll levels. This is a valuable resource; however, spatial resolution is sacrificed when using satellites (approximately 150 ft2/pixel), there is no control over the use of satellites, and the best turbidity measurements are after a rain (The Nature Conservancy). Conversely, drone camera technology is available in 4K, it provides higher spatial resolution of waterways (approximately 1 in2/pixel), and access to the data is readily available after rains.
Seminole High School (SHS) has received grants over the past 3 years providing opportunities to purchase items such as Vernier probeware. The probeware provides opportunities to correlate studies of water quality data as we have access to various probes such as Dissolved Oxygen (DO) sensors, pH sensors, temperature sensors, as well as turbidity colorimeters. Water quality parameters taken through direct measurement of turbidity and various other parameters can be correlated to remote sensing/spectral imagery. The correlation will provide accuracy in the analysis of the interpolated data obtained through the integration of ArcGIS and Drone remote sensing.
The innovative integration of technological resources provides avenues for students to further evaluate, explore, and demonstrate their understanding of pollutant impacts on environmental and water source impacts. The ability to correlate data between direct parameter readings and spectral analysis will be provided to all students within the Water Resource Sustainability Academy; a component of SHS STEAM Academy (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The ability to capture temporal and spectral data with the drones will enable all students within the STEAM Academy a method to experimentally use technology and natural phenomena to find and create solutions to water source issues. The proposed learning provides opportunities for students to showcase their innovative research through presenting their findings at state and national level competitions: (1) The Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, (2) Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium sponsored by the University of Florida, and (3) the Technology Student Association’s STEM competitions. Posters and presentations at these events will include citations for Tampa Bay Water.
The use of drones for remote sensing is an innovative solution to analyze pollution in wetlands, rivers, and coastal areas. The analysis of data provides opportunities for students in multiple academic disciplines to experimentally determine threats to and potential solutions for environmental and water source impacts. Through the STEAM academy at SHS, students will use interdisciplinary approaches to reviewing data and proposing possible solutions to problems that are discovered through their analysis. Through the access the Pinellas County Schools has to media sources, these findings will be shared with the larger Pinellas County community. Any involvement from Tampa Bay Water in the research or the communication of findings with the greater Tampa Bay community is welcomed.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The project will incorporate temporal and spatial data through remote sensing obtained from drones and interpolating that data through ArcGIS. ArcGIS will be used to correlate spectral phenomena to direct sampling of water quality parameters (e.g., turbidity) as it relates to spectral data. Students will obtain at least one and as many as 3 industrial certifications (CAPE) from using the drones before graduating from SHS. Additionally, students will obtain ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification. The data obtained from the correlation of data will be used in State and national competitions as well as other activities (e.g., WEF Water Festival, AWWA Model Water Tower Competition that will be hosted at SHS in 2022, Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Technology Student Association STEM Competitions, and the Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium sponsored by the University of Florida). The CAPE certifications earned by the students provide funds to the STEAM Academy at SHS, which will be used to sustain the projects through the future of the program. During the first year of collecting data through remote sensing, students will be provided opportunities to evaluate and determine potential problematic findings that impact water sources; these findings will be included in their community and competition activities. The findings will be explored for accuracy as the research continues beyond the first year of this portion of the project. 

 

Describe the Students

Seminole High School (SHS) is in suburban Pinellas County, Florida. The mission for SHS is to educate and prepare each student for college, career, and the workforce by living each day with respect, purpose and grit, which is the Warhawk Way. Its vision is to have 100% student success. At SHS, the overall student to teacher ratio at SHS is 21:1. Its minority enrollment is 22%, and 38% of its students are economically disadvantaged. Free lunch is provided to 34% of the students with an additional 4% receiving reduced price lunches. Math proficiency is 39% and reading proficiency is 49% at SHS. Students that measure mastery in math and reading based on the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) and Mathematics End of Course Exams (EOC) is 35.7%. The percentage of students that are underserved and proficient is 32.4% and the percentage of students that are not-underserved with proficiency is 46.7%. The gap between SHS and the State of Florida among underserved students is -10%. The educators and professionals at Seminole High School wish to elevate their students through reducing the achievement gap, while improving overall academic success for all students. This plan provides an analysis of student demographics, achievement goals, the School Improvement Plan (SIP), as well as provides a meaningful process to assist in elevating student success while improving the overall, equitable access to education. 

 

Budget Narrative

Seminole High School STEAM Academy is currently attempting to by 6 drones. All funds raised will be collectively used to purchase the drones and "fly more" kits (batteries). Anything that could be contributed would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 CPMA 00000346.01DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo $1,000.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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