The Washington Post reports today on a group of school children at the Potomac School in McLean who used an iPad to help them complete a school project that required them to photograph the curvature of the Earth. What made the project even more challenging was the fact that the group of seventh-and eighth-graders were only allowed to spend $200 on the project.
The school children started by using a digital camera that they set to take photos and shoot video several times per minute. Next they attached a cellphone, with InstaMapper equipped to track the location of the phone. Phone and camera were then placed in a Styrofoam cooler, along with handwarmers to keep the equipment warm in the stratosphere. The whole makeshift kit was then attached to a weather balloon.
The iPad finally got to play its part on launch day when seventh-grader Will Prout used his Dadâ€™s iPad to connect to the internet via 3G so that the children could track the progress of the balloon, via the cellphone in the attached cooler, as they drove around.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect we would use the iPad that much, but it really saved us,â€ Will told the Washington Post, with the end result being that the project was a success, and you can see the photographic evidence above to prove it.
Source: Washington Post
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