HPWREN LIVE

HPWREN LIVE is a pilot project within the National Science Foundation's High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network program that focuses on bringing Live Interactive Virtual Explorations to students of all ages.

The primary objectives of HPWREN LIVE are twofold:

1) exploration and understanding of hard-to-reach science sites and

2) preparation for students going on fieldtrips to such sites.


HPWREN LIVE System Requirements

HPWREN LIVE events require a classroom or conference room with the following:
1) Internet connection,
2) computer,
3) microphone,
4) web camera, and
5) speakers.

LIVE is a pilot project and we are currently experimenting with a vast array of technology and set-ups. If you have experience with similar projects, we'd love to hear about your lessons learned via our contact form.

HPWREN LIVE Updates

October 26, 2012
California Space Grant Utilizes HPWREN LIVE Concept to Share Interactive Physics Lesson with Remote Audience
The California Space Grant Team recently led a distance learning activity between the Los Angeles County Fair and physics students at Mountain Empire High School, which is located in rural southeast San Diego County. Using lessons learned from the HPWREN LIVE team, the California Space Grant distance learning activity allowed the rural high school students to explore the physics involved with carnival rides - without leaving their classroom.

September 10, 2012
HPWREN and California Research Learning Center Publish LIVE Findings in Park Science Journal Article
HPWREN staff worked with National Park Service (NPS) employees to conduct a distance learning study at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and publish the findings in an article in Park Science, which is a journal published by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the NPS, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, Office of Education and Outreach. A San Diego elementary school classroom was connected to the lighthouse via Skype; students in the class were able to interact in real-time with one of their classmates and an interpretation ranger - both portraying living history characters of the lighthouse era.

July 29, 2012
California Wolf Center Collaborates with HPWREN for LIVE Activity for Little Feathers Pre-K Classroom
Earlier this year, HPWREN staff worked with the California Wolf Center to prepare and present a Live Interactive Virtual Exploration activity to a group of youth at the Little Feathers Pre-K, which is located on the Pala Native American Reservation in rural San Diego County. Using Skype, the youth interacted in real-time (video and audio) with a Wolf Center biologist, who was strolling a wolf enclosure at the California Wolf Center.

May 16, 2012
Pala Native American Learning Center Participates in HPWREN LIVE Activity Focused on Tidepool Vegetation and Animal Life
National Park Service Ranger Rick Jenkins and HPWREN LIVE staff Kimberly Mann Bruch shared southern California coastal vegetation and animal life with Pala Native American Learning Center students in mid-May - using LIVE technology to take the students on a virtual trip to the Point Loma tidepools. The students were able to "touch and feel" several species of seastars, urchins, and clams while talking with Ranger Rick about specific characteristics of these interesting sea creatures.

April 18, 2012
Guadalupe Mountains LIVE Activity Peaks Interest in Animal Science Among Native American Students
On April 18, in conjunction with a LIVE Training Workshop, National Park Service interpreters took a group of Pala Native American Learning Center students on a virtual tour of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which is located in west Texas. The students learned about Guadalupe vegetation and animal life with a particular focus on the kangaroo rat, which is also found in San Diego county.

December 9, 2011
10th Annual HPWREN Users Workshop Includes LIVE Overview
Chantel Jimenez, Environmental Education Specialist at the USFWS's San Diego NWR Complex, hosted the 10th Annual HPWREN Users Workshop on December 9, 2011 at their Sweetwater Marsh location. Following the welcome and introduction, Chantel Jimenez presented an overview of the USFWS mission and local activities. This was followed by an HPWREN recharge presentation and discussion led by Ron Hawkins, following which Hans-Werner Braun gave an overview of the HPWREN status and the current QoS implementation. Additionally, Kimberly Mann Bruch presented an update on LIVE activities.

November 15, 2011
Third Graders Explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse via HPWREN LIVE
On November 15, 2011, the HPWREN LIVE team worked with National Park Service interpreter Emily Floyd and eight-year-old NPS volunteer Elizabeth Bruch on a pilot LIVE activity between 17 third graders at Del Mar Hills Elementary School and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument.

November 3, 2011
Sea to Shining Sea LIVE Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, San Diego
The workshop hosted by San Diego State University Field Stations Program, the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) and Cabrillo National Monument over the course of three sunny days. Participants learned to assemble and use the low-cost LIVE backpack system to broadcast distance education programs to classrooms and audiences across the country. In addition, National Park service staff, teachers, and school administrators learned to design a basic wireless system which supports LIVE distance education programs and real-time environmental sensors at their sites. This year's LIVE workshop included instruction and tips on how to draft a PMIS project statement to seek grant funds for implementation of LIVE programs at each NPS site.

September 15, 2011
Journal Article Discusses HPWREN LIVE Activities at National Park Sites
The Journal of Interpretation Research recently published an article regarding the HPWREN LIVE team's work with two National Park Service sites. The article focuses on explorations involving a Native American Earth Lodge and a Hawaii Volcanoes Site.

July 31, 2011
National Leadership Council of the National Park Service Visits San Diego via HPWREN
On a sunny February morning, from the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, Tom Workman, Superintendent at Cabrillo National Monument, welcomes members of the National Park Service (NPS) National Leadership Council (NLC) to San Diego. Susan Teel, Director of the Southern California Research Learning Center, led the NLC members on a whirlwind Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) tour of the park, which included a quick dunk underwater in the tide pools to search for sea critters.

February 28, 2011
IGI Global Online Symposium: Southern California Tidepools LIVE
On Monday, February 28th, IGI Global and Elluminate hosted an online symposium featuring Kimberly Mann Bruch from the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) at the University of California, San Diego. The hour-long presentation took place from the Point Loma tide pools during a low tide. This gave Ms. Bruch the opportunity to discuss with us the technology that she and HPWREN have developed such as extended battery power to run the laptop computer, as well as portable video equipment that is submergible. The flora and fauna of the tide pool area was also discussed as we saw snails, sea anemones, and birds. The attendees included a fourth grade class from Wyoming, college students, professors, and other educators from all over the world.

January 8, 2011
HPWREN Presents at IGI Global Booth at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
Kimberly Bruch presented a brief overview of the recently published textbook chapter entitled "Live Interactive Virtual Explorations via the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Netowrk", which is published in "Cases on Technological Adaptability and Transnational Learning: Issues and Challenges" by IGI Global.

October 25, 2010
Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) Activities are Showcased at Department of Interior Diversity Days
Federal employees and members of the public experienced an array of National Parks via Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) at the Department of Interior (DOI) Diversity Days event in Washington, DC on October 13-14. The LIVE activities allowed audiences at the DOI Main Interior Building (MIB) to experience hard-to-reach culturally-diverse sites throughout the country and interact with National Park Service rangers without leaving the city of Washington, DC.

October 15, 2010
The National Park Service (NPS) and HPWREN hosted several booths at the 2010 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference in San Diego
At the invitation of NPS Southeast Regional Director, David Vela, Cabrillo National Monument, the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), the Southern California Research Learning Center (SCRLC), Biscayne National Park, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area designed and staffed interactive demonstrations and booth exhibits at the 2010 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference in San Diego.

June 14, 2010
TeacherTECH LIVE workshop at the San Diego Supercomputer Center
On a fine Saturday morning, May 15th at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), San Diego State University (SDSU) Field Stations Program and three National Park Service (NPS) Research Learning Centers collaboratively led a TeacherTECH LIVE workshop.

June 11, 2010
Pala Learning Center Youth Visit Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument via HPWREN LIVE
On June 2, the Pala Learning Center hosted an HPWREN LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Explorations) activity for approximately 20 elementary school children. The Learning Center provides an array of resources for the Pala Native American reservation community.

April 14, 2010
HPWREN led an installation to expand the wireless network at Cabrillo National Monument
Wireless radios and an access point at the lighthouse keeper's quarters will enable staff to conduct LIVE living history programs from the lighthouse, assistant keeper's quarters, and surrounding grounds. The goal of the installation was to mount the access point and radio, with minimal impact to the building and its aesthetics.

March 17, 2010
SDSC shows real-time 3-D video during AAAS event
HPWREN and the SDSC Education group tested low-cost 3-D real-time video sessions with attendees at the 2010 AAAS Conference Family Science Days on February 20-21.

StSS workshop December 25, 2009
Third Sea to Shining Sea Live Interactive Virtual Explorations workshop held in Connecticut
The third Sea to Shining Sea Live Interactive Virtual Explorations workshop was held on November 19, 2009 at the National Park Service's National Association for Interpretation annual conference in Hartford, CT.
Native American collaborations June 16, 2009
New directions in collaborations between HPWREN and Native Americans
Extended collaborations between HPWREN and Native Americans now include networked sensors and environmental cameras.
Green Day LIVE June 8, 2009
HPWREN Participates in Green Day LIVE Between Santa Margarita and Fleet Science Center
On May 16, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center patrons celebrated Green Day by participating in an array of activities - including an HPWREN Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) demonstration with biologists and students at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.
Electron Microscope: LIVE April 27, 2009
From Electron Microscopes to World-Class Telescopes and Beyond: April HPWREN LIVE Activities Include UCSD Department of NanoEngineering Electron Microscope Facility, the Palomar Observatory, Birch Aquarium, and Cabrillo National Monument
Several LIVE activities took place in April 2009. Details are found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090427/.
San Diego Science Festival April 16, 2009
First Annual San Diego Science Festival Includes Several Activities with HPWREN and StSS Projects
In conjunction with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the HPWREN team assisted in providing a 45Mbps Internet connection throughout a portion of Balboa Park for the San Diego Science Festival's Expo Day on April 4.

March 31, 2009
HPWREN and StSS Teams Participate in George Wright Society Conference in Portland
Earlier this month, the HPWREN and StSS teams demonstrated Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) outreach activities at the 2009 George Wright Society Conference in Portland, Oregon.

February 10, 2009
Synopsis of Recent LIVE Demonstrations at Science and Education Sites Throughout the United States
In an effort to identify sites which have limited or non-existent Internet connectivity and which have unique or rare resources to share with students via Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) distance education programs, Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) staff have met with National Park Service staff at various parks to provide an overview of the StSS project and introduce them to the equipment needed to support distance education in remote and hard to reach field locations. Kimberly Mann Bruch and Susan Teel have focused on describing how low cost equipment may be used as a research and educational tool, and emphasized its value to increase public interest. HPWREN assisted with the set-up of temporary wireless bubbles near office locations and where possible demonstrations of the LIVE backpack system from each site.

December 2008 December 19, 2008
HPWREN and StSS Teams Collaborate with Mountain Empire Middle School for Ocean Terracing LIVE

Mountain Empire Middle School science students participated in "Ocean Terracing LIVE" with Marine Biologist Benjamin Pister at the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area. Dr. Pister shared information regarding ocean terracing and then fielded an array of questions posed by the middle school students.

November 2008 November 22, 2008
Technology Transfer Workshop for National Park Service staff and educators led by HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program staff

HPWREN and SDSU Field Stations Program led a two-day Technology Transfer Workshop and Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) backpack system training for National Park Service staff and educators.

October 2008 October 31, 2008
October LIVE Activities Include Experiments with Off-Shore ROV, Rural Science Class, and SDSC Building Dedication

The past few weeks have been busy for the HPWREN LIVE and NPS StSS teams. The applied research efforts encompassed tests involving an off-shore ROV, an experiment at a rural mountain school, and LIVE demonstrations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center's New Building Dedication.

August 2008 August 15, 2008
Women Scientists in Action: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Hosts HPWREN LIVE and National Park Service StSS Collaboratory Activity

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center summer campers recently participated in a Sea to Shining Sea (StSS) Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) activity between the Cabrillo National Monument intertidal area and a lecture hall at the Science Center.

June 2008 June 17, 2008
HPWREN Collaborates with National Park Service for the 2008 National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California

The HPWREN team participated in the annual National Geographic Bioblitz Species Inventory on May 30-31 with collaborators from the National Park Service (NPS) California Mediterranean Research Learning Center, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, and the Cabrillo National Monument. Event participants ranged from scientists and educators to K-12 students and general community members in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.

Roving scientists used the LIVE backpack to take HPWREN booth participants throughout the inventory tent. Here, Susan Teel (NPS) is shown discussing underwater insects with a southern California scientist - relaying the information to the HPWREN booth in real-time - allowing for additional questions from the booth.

May 2008 May 14, 2008
HPWREN Collaborates with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for Astronomy Day 2008: Palomar Observatory Hosts Live Interactive Virtual Exploration for Participants

On May 10, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center hosted an HPWREN Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) activity featuring the Palomar Observatory in conjunction with their annual Astronomy Day.

February 2008 February 15, 2008
Pala Native American Youth Explore Tidepools via HPWREN LIVE

The HPWREN team worked with staff at the Pala Learning Center, the National Park Service (NPS), and the NSF-funded Indigenous Earth Sciences Project for a LIVE activity. Specifically, approximately 15-20 Pala Learning Center children (grades K-5) participated in the LIVE event that featured the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument.

July 2007 July 27, 2007
Pala Native Americans Take a Virtual Trip to Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve via HPWREN LIVE and TDVNet

Pala Native American's youngest community members recently took their second science adventure via the HPWREN LIVE pilot project. That is, students from Pala Native American Reservation's Learning Center participated in a Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) activity with a biologist at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.

HPWREN LIVE - Pala and Palomar Observatory April 4, 2007
Pala Native American Reservation Participates in Palomar Observatory Live Interactive Virtual Exploration via TDVNet and HPWREN

The Pala Native American Reservation hosted a Live Interactive Virtual Exploration (LIVE) activity, which allowed participants to "tour" the Palomar Observatory via HPWREN and the Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet).


High Tech Fair San Diego 2007 March 25, 2007
National Park Service exhibit at a High Tech Fair showing LIVE technology with the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve via HPWREN

On March 14, 2007, the National Park Service's California Mediterranian Research Learning Center and Cabrillo National Monument, in partnership with HPWREN and the San Diego State University's Field Stations Program, hosted a booth at the 2007 San Diego Science Alliance High Technology Fair in Del Mar.


AAAS 2007 SMER February 21, 2007
Lessons learned from the SDSU Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve HPWREN Live Interactive Virtual Explorations events during the AAAS 2007 conference exhibit

On February 16th-18th San Diego State University's Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER) collaborated with the National Science Foundation funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) project to demonstrate the potential for long distance research and education programs for an audience at the AAAS 2007 annual meeting's National Science Foundation booth in San Francisco. This article summerizes the activity from SMER, and includes various lessons learned statements.


AAAS 2007 NSF exhibit February 20, 2007
National Science Foundation Exhibit at AAAS 2007 Showcases HPWREN - LIVE

In December 2006 the National Science Foundation invited HPWREN to participate in their exhibit booth at the 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Francisco. The objective was to show real-time cyberinfrastructure enabling research and education activities as Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) of remote science sites.

NPS distance learning December 18, 2006
Collaborative Distance Education Pilot Activity enabled by HPWREN at the Cabrillo National Monument

A distance learning pilot at the National Park Service Cabrillo National Monument site at Point Loma near San Diego utilized a real-time interactive audio/video conference from the tidepools to classroom settings. In addition a submersible ROV with on-board camera and a further fixed digital network camera were used.

Wolf Center LIVE May 9, 2006
Distance Education Experiments at the California Wolf Center via HPWREN

A distance learning pilot at the National Park Service Cabrillo National Monument site at Point Loma near San Diego utilized a real-time interactive audio/video conference from the tidepools to classroom settings. In addition a submersible ROV with on-board camera and a further fixed digital network camera were used.

March 2003 March 31, 2003
California State Parks Distance Interpretation Program Collaborates with HPWREN for Remote Interactive Presentations

Last week, teachers from around the country paid a "remote" visit to the Anza-Borrego State Park. The teachers, who were attending the National Teacher Training Institute Conference in Irvine, participated in an underwater tour of Crystal Cove State Park and examined fossilized oyster beds in nearby Fish Creek - while sitting in a conference room in Irvine about 100 miles away.



January 2002 January 4, 2002
HPWREN Collaborates with Palomar College and SCTCA's Tribal Digital Village: Computer Science Class Includes Multicast Technology Experiments

Last semester, the HPWREN team worked with Palomar College and the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA) Tribal Digital Village Network to offer a Computer Science and Information Systems course for local Native American reservations. The course was primarily taught in traditional classroom style at the Pala Learning Center for Pala, La Jolla, Rincon, and San Pasqual tribal members.

HPWREN LIVE Science Explorer Passport

The LIVE Science Explorer Passport is a concept that is currently being developed. The Passport allows students to document their experiences via HPWREN LIVE so that they can review them in the future. We are working with collaborators such as the Pala Learning Center, the California Science Center, the National Park Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the California Wolf Center, the Palomar Observatory, the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center to develop a set of curricula to accompany LIVE activities.

The current draft curricula materials are available as follows:
- Early Childhood (Pre-K through Grade 2)
- Primary Education (Grades 1-6)
- Middle School Education (Grades 6-8)
- High School Education (Grades 9-12)
- Collegiate Education


HPWREN Overview

The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) is a National Science Foundation funded network research program, which also functions as a collaborative cyberinfrastructure on research, education, and first responder activities. It includes creating, demonstrating, and evaluating a non-commercial, prototype, high-performance, wide-area, wireless network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties. The network includes backbone nodes at the UC San Diego and San Diego State University campuses, and a number of "hard to reach" areas in remote environments.

HPWREN Public Information Materials include photos, facts, figures, HPWREN brochures, and more!


  Acknowledgments and Disclaimer

HPWREN is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional UC San Diego research and education program, led by Principal Investigator Hans-Werner Braun at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Co-Principal Investigator Frank Vernon at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

HPWREN is funded by the National Science Foundation: Grant Numbers 0087344 and 0426879. The U.S. government has certain rights to the related material presented on this web site. If you use the HPWREN network or data from this server, your derivative publications or other information materials must make a credit reference to the National Science Foundation Grant Numbers 0087344 and 0426879, as well as the HPWREN program at the University of California, San Diego.
Minimum credit line: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu

HPWREN is an NSF funded research program, which intends to research the feasibility of wireless data networking technologies. As such, HPWREN offers no guarantees regarding network services. In addition, network security and privacy, as well as the appropriateness of Internet data, are the sole responsibility of the connected entities. HPWREN monitors traffic for research and network management purposes, and usage details may become publicly available. Should the network be used inappropriately, HPWREN reserves the right to disconnect sites.
The Usage Conditions document governs acceptable use of the network.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed on the HPWREN web site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or anyone else.

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