BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2016 – Visitors to the Blacksburg Children’s Museum now have a view of where they are in space and time thanks to an interactive geospatial exhibit with a wall-sized satellite image of the region and historical images of past decades. The new exhibit also includes a weather station displaying current and past weather conditions.
“This is our first exhibit that directly addresses our region with geography and weather. It’s amazing,” said Julene Rice, museum director.
Two faculty members and a doctoral student in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment created the exhibit with support from VirginiaView, an outreach program. “We have been taking geospatial technology exhibits to the Virginia Science Festival, Kids’ Tech University, and various schools for years,” said James Campbell, professor of geography.
“We have a display with imagery, maps, and computers that offers interactive local scenes so kids can see the impact of a shopping mall, for instance, or can find their own house and look at the landscape 10 years earlier,” he added.