Kids Panning for the Environment

Robotic camera technology inspires virtual exploration by students around the world.

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In Chad, Yaron said that photography is not culturally accepted and the government discourages photography. Because there was little photographic precedent, students at this camp took innovative photographic approaches, shooting at unusual, interesting angles. "They picked it up quickly and were empowered and confident with the technology," said Yaron.

But campers in Chad had no computer access because their program did not work within the school system. Instead of exploring panoramas digitally, they made do with huge prints, taped ribbons to highlight details they found interesting and wrote comments on Post-it Notes.

So even without all the digital technology, Gigapans help students learn to be stewards of the planet.

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