Applications of Cultural Heritage and Digital Preservation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Author(s): Alexander Reinhold; Katia Chaterji

Year: 2015


This paper discusses the application of innovative 3D heritage documentation methods to augment science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. A California-based nonprofit dedicated to the digital documentation and preservation of cultural heritage sites worldwide, CyArk is a leader in digital heritage preservation, archival, and technological advancement. CyArk practices a range of techniques, including 3D laser scanning, high definition photography, and photogrammetry, channeling the resulting data towards future site conservation, interpretation, and development of educational materials.

CyArk will present a case study analyzing the digital preservation of the 18th century Spanish missions along California’s coast, which represent historic El Camino Real. Studied by 450,000 California 4th graders each year, the Missions serve as model classrooms to teach the importance of our shared history. Through interactive lesson plans, students participate in active learning while visiting a mission site, while also engaging in technology and math subjects.

In this discussion of El Camino Real digital preservation collection, CyArk strives to demonstrate the interconnectivity between history, heritage, and digital technology. CyArk believes emphasis on archaeology, cultural heritage preservation, and documentation in the classroom is a strong asset to STEM education, and will support the next generation of cultural heritage and technology advocates.

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Applications of Cultural Heritage and Digital Preservation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. Katia Chaterji, Alexander Reinhold. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397755)

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