Friday, April 11, 2008

Boys & Girls Clubs Team Up with ASU

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I'd like to thank Karl Bond and Duane Woerman from UTO Network Communications and Sam DiGangi's group at alt^I for working with Qwest to bring the Internet2 network to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale's Vestar Branch. Internet2 is an R&D consortium of researchers and educational institutions working with industry and government to accelerate the development of tomorrow's collaborative, universally available Internet. Internet2 broadcasting capabilities are being used at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale to provide telepresencing, streaming live video communications directly from the Internet. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will use telepresencing to view live images of Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, as he explores and studies the ocean for months at a time as part of the larger Immersion Presents program. Immersion Presents exposes youth to ongoing scientific explorations, encouraging them to learn about the positive roles science and technology play in our everyday lives.

While other Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation participate in the Immersion Presents program online or through delayed satellite feeds, Scottsdale's Vestar Branch is the only Club in the U.S. with access to telepresencing and the live interactions and communications it provides. ASU is excited about helping provide this free educational service to young people in Arizona.

2 comments:

Jamie Ell April 16, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

I'm actually quite surprised that this type of technology is readily available, and it's great that it's being put to great eductaional use for children. Although I wonder how you can get such quality images and sounds via telepresence...and how, or if telepresence is being implemented on existing telephony technology. It sounds to me like you gotta build a whole new set of network infrastructures for high, and consistent data transfer rates---Either that or I guess multimedia compression and bandwidth innovations have come a long way to produce hi-fidelity sounds and visuals. Very interesting technology, I was also reading about annother network known as "The Grid," (Internet's successor?) which boasts speeds of up to 10,000 times faster than regular broadband (Ideal for telepresence technology perhaps?)

St Louis Missouri News April 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

Very inspiring post! It's a remarkable use of technology!!

Great blog - many thanks