We’ve got videos of team presentations, interviews with participants, and more. Check them out here.
These first-graders from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy weren’t able to make it to the ExCITe Center this weekend, so they put together their solution to Listening to the Stars at school and posted it online. Check it out! #listentostars
Now-familiar smiles greet participants as they come together for demos and awards on day 2.
Sunday mornings in Philadelphia are often relaxed in contrast to all the activity most other times during the week. It’s harder to hail a cab, there are fewer cars honking and trucks idling, stores won’t open till closer to lunchtime, and lone people walk past on the sidewalks every so often rather than the regular chatting multitudes. A similar, quieter atmosphere seems to have settled over Space Apps Philadelphia at Drexel’s ExCITe Center as we coast into Day 2 of our hackathon. At least, at first glance.
While slightly fewer participants made the trek here this morning than there were on Saturday afternoon, those that are here are quiet because they are feverishly at work on their projects. Our group presentations to judges are a little over 2 hours from now, and every minute counts.
Who might be presenting to our judges at 16:00 GMT (2:00pm EDT) this afternoon? Here’s a rundown:
Our "Tunnel Vision" team for the NASA Wind Tunnel Visualization challenge is working on a visualization project. They first loaded the NASA data into Google Fusion Tables, and are working on Node.js and D3.js visualizations, and possibly a map of locations.
The earth-tile-creator team is tackling the EarthTiles challenge by creating a data loader program to make it easier to download MODIS, Landsat, and other satellite data for a given geographic bounding box and time range. Then, a user would be able to preview that data and export to a variety of formats like geotiff, tiles, and other raster outputs.
One Philadelphia participant is collaborating remotely with a larger team at Space Apps Atlanta to tackle the Skymorph challenge with skymorph.rb, a Ruby gem interface for NASA’s Skymorph API for variable and transient sky objects. Great to see some multi-site collaboration going on!
One of Philadelphia’s largest teams, ISS Base Station, is working on the Spot the Station challenge in a variety of ways: K’nex building, Arduino programming and servo motors, a Leaflet web app, and multiple Android and iOS apps with augmented reality. The grand idea is to create a prototype public art installation (with K’nex and Arduino) which tracks and moves when the International Space Station flies overhead, and a companion mobile app which will enable individual users to share photos of ISS sightings and control the art installation. Wow!
"What’s Up, Voyager 1?" is a team effort to solve the Adopt a Spacecraft challenge by “personifying” Voyager with a Leap Motion controller and sentiment analysis. The Leap Motion will provide a gestural interface to browse through Voyager’s discoveries, and the app will have Voyager “present” opinions and judgements on its discoveries using sentiment analysis. Excited to see how this turns out.
The "Tracking Curiosity" team tackling the Curiosity at Home challenge ran into some data problems early on. Apparently, location data for Curiosity is not something that NASA does not make publicly available in an open data format yet. (Booo, Naaaasaaa?!) So, the team is making a proof of concept app mapping curiosity’s movements with “hypothetical data” and hoping to accomplish a little open data advocacy in the process. They’ll associate Curiosity’s drives with tweets on the same days, and graph elevation and distance.
We also have a team both in Philly and Florida that’s showing how “We Love Data” by creating an ISS Orbit Skirt with a real NASA globe image, a Lilypad Arduino and LEDs sewn in to blink every 91 minutes as the ISS makes its revolutions around the planet.
Finally, we’ve had students from Science Leadership Academy contributing video interviews on the “Reel Inspiration” and “Why we Explore” challenges to our YouTube channel.
Those are all the teams that I’ve been able to identify, but we have a lot of participants and only time will tell how many are interested in presenting their projects at 2pm!
Participants continue the brainstorming started at the Friday night kickoff …
In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of the Philly Space Apps launch…
At Space Apps Philadelphia, First Person Arts, along with students from the Mighty Post and Science Leadership Academy (SLA) will interview participants, and we will share these videos on YouTube with the worldwide Space Apps community. We’re particularly interested in hearing from women and girls interested or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) fields for the Share Your Story challenge, though anyone can participate. Find a Mighty Post or SLA student and do a short interview answering one of the following questions:
Why We Explore: “Why is space exploration important or exciting to you?”
Share Your Story: “How did you get involved or become excited about STEAM?”
Web maps like Google Maps, MapQuest, Leaflet, and OpenStreetMap are often stored and digitally distributed as a mosaic of map images, or tiles. Once generated, base map tiles can be reused in data visualizations and many different web maps. Generate a set of map tiles from NASA and other satellite imagery data for other software developers and cartographers to use in their applications and visualizations. More here.