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Schrader Center Teams Up with Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center

A team from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center visited the Schrader Environmental Education Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 beginning a 14-week collaborative project to design and develop applications for engaging the public and enhancing the experience of visitors to Oglebay Park, the Schrader Center, and the A.B. Brooks Discovery Trail System. The team is exploring using QR (Quick Response) codes, where a visitor can scan a QR code with a camera-enabled Smartphone and link to digital content on the web such as a trail map or information on various birds, and an iPhone app that would allow visitors to track animal and bird sitings within the park using geocaching with GPS coordinates, as well as a variety of other ideas.

QR Code Example

Carnegie Mellon’s ETC is a unique Masters program that brings together interdisciplinary student teams with an emphasis on making real things that work. Their graduates are among the most highly sought-after professionals in the interactive media industry. The Schrader Center was chosen by a panel of advisors to participate in a joint partnership with the ETC and is in the company of corporate projects such as Microsoft, the Chicago Museum and Lockheed Martin. The ETC was founded in the fall of 1998 as a joint program between the School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts with Co-Directors Don Marinelli, a Professor of Drama, and the late Randy Pausch, a Professor of Computer Science, helping to illustrate the educational and professional mission of the ETC. Randy Pausch gained international fame with his 2007 “Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” that has more than 14 million views on YouTube.

The Schrader Center is constantly seeking to discover innovative and effective ways to engage visitors and members, and the staff is currently working in partnership with the country’s top institutions and foundations to bring new ideas, technology, knowledge, and experiences to the Ohio Valley. Since 1926 when A.B. Brooks lead his first nature walk, Oglebay Institute has been a global leader in public programming, camping, professional development, green building technology, and school-based programs. We celebrate that tradition and look forward to our future. This partnership is made possible by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

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