The Boise State University Department of Geosciences hosted 60 middle and high school students from Sage International School in May. Sage is a public charter school in Boise.
The students learned about the technology used by geoscientists in the field to gather information about the weather and landscape. They learned about scanning with lasers (called terrestrial laser scanning) and how weather stations are set up. They also had the chance to get experience with a 3D immersive environment with laser scanning data and “fly” through a 3D scan of Bronco Stadium.
Geosciences graduate student Ethan Geisler demonstrated the weather station building, geosciences BCAL research assistant Peter Olsoy demonstrated the TLS scanning and BCAL manager Luke Spaete organized the event and hosted the 3D immersive environment.
The 3D immersive environment was funded by Boise State’s Division of Research and Economic Development.