Project Overview

Virtual Galapagos Project

Faculty Sponsor

Karen Harpp (




This is the ongoing pilot phase of a potentially longer-term project whose primary objective is to design a web-based application for children around the world to learn science by visiting the Galapagos Islands, virtually. We are designing modules that allow students to explore the Galapagos Islands, through images, maps, and video (with some virtual reality as well). These explorations will lead students to explanations of previous and ongoing scientific investigations. The project is a “make your own adventure” for the students, with the capacity to delve into the science at considerably greater depth than is usually presented in conventional documentaries or other outreach applications. We will design videos and interactive activities to complement and enhance the learning process. The project will blend geology, volcanology, conservation ecology, and evolutionary biology concepts so that students can learn how important multidisciplinary work is for advancing science.
The position involves designing educational activities for kids, including interactive applications and videos, using visual material we have collected previously. The position will also involve designing and producing videos that involve interviews with leading researchers on Galapagos scientific questions, and then producing additional material to explain the content to children, as necessary.

Student Qualifications

Individuals applying for the position should be interested in science outreach and innovative education, and have good creative writing skills. Ideally, the successful candidate will have some comfort with scientific ways of thinking, either in geology, volcanology, ecology, or evolutionary biology, but expertise is not required. More important is a strong interest in developing accessible, innovative applications for science outreach education and a drive to be creative. Some comfort working with technology (website development in particular) would be a bonus, but is not a necessity; this all can be learned on the job.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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