Lakeside HS EAST Receives $15,000 Grant


8/9/2013 3:37:54 PM

Lakeside High School’s EAST recently received a $15,000 grant for the purchase of new GPS equipment. The new equipment will be used in mapping Indian Trails in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area.

             Lakeside High School’s EAST recently received a $15,000 grant for the purchase of new GPS equipment.  The equipment will be used in a future project that requires precision accuracy and state of the art technology.  The grant was written and presented by Lakeside’s EAST Lead Administrator, Thomas Starnes, who will be heading up this GPS project. Starnes, along with a team of students trained in GPS, will be mapping Indian Trails in the Hot Springs, Arkansas area.

Marcus Phillips, a local historian, mapped many of these trails by hand. Mr. Phillips passed away last year. His dream was to have these trails mapped with professional GPS units and then produced for public use. The goal of the project is to map the trails using 21st century technology. Maps will be produced by Lakeside’s EAST students to be handed out to the public so that the visitors can better understand and follow the original users of the trails west of the Mississippi. The trail mapping project would include ten trails: the Trail of the Setting Sun, Gap Waterworks Trail, Old Seminole Trail, Red Fox Trail, Goat Rock Trail, Trail of the Dead Chief, Old Settlement Trail, Ouachita Trail, Ozark Trail, and the Indian Mountain Trail to the Thousand Dripping Springs. The project is to be completed late next year.

                “This is an exciting opportunity for Lakeside EAST students to work with the most advanced technology in the GPS field.” – Mary Vitro, Lakeside High School EAST Facilitator. The grant money will be used to purchase two GPS Pathfinder ProXRT receivers with GLONASS (Soviet space-based navigation system). The grant will also pay for accessories that go along with the receivers such as backpacks, antennae, field computers, and software for the computers.

                “The community is starting to turn more towards GPS for many new projects. GPS has really grown over the last few years and right now there are not enough people who know how to use it, " said Starnes. 

               With this new equipment Lakeside’s EAST students will be equipped with the skills they need to take on the challenges of the 21st century. The Indian Trail Mapping project will be a good way to practice these skills. Since there are new students coming into the EAST lab every year and Starnes is a senior, it will require the students who are currently trained in GPS to train fellow underclassmen.

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