iSWOOPInterpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks
Interpreters and Scientists Working on Our Parks is a model program working at and with our National Parks to build the public’s understanding of science
COMMUNICATING RESEARCH BY DESIGN
iSWOOP cultivates collaborations between scientists, educators, and interpreters to tackle macro-scale environmental challenges. We stretch the possibilities of cutting-edge technologies to create compelling, science-based narratives that transform the educational landscape for our students, faculty, and the public.
iSWOOP is a framework for collaboration that leads to development of visually-augmented, narrative-driven scientific communication. iSWOOP tells science stories that involve innovative technology like 3D scanning and high speed photography. Key players in the framework—interpreters, researchers, and audience, are present in the US National Parks. Education and visualization teams at our partner universities help us complete the work.
Funded by NSF, projects in five national parks have developed an effective framework, and demonstrated its broad applicability to many public forums for communication of new research: parks to museums to film and video.
iSWOOP now has programs in five national parks.
ACADIA NATIONAL FOREST
CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL FOREST
JEAN LAFITTE NATIONAL FOREST
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL FOREST
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL FOREST