When RE computer science students realized last December that shark researchers at Miami's Field School were using pen, paper and clipboards for data intake while on tagging sharks, they got to work. By May, the students had unveiled a user friendly Shark Data Recorder App to automate the data collection process that the shark researchers immediately implemented.
Under computer science teacher Eric Lefebvre, the students created an app for Android tablets that allows for quick, easy, accurate and standardized data entry and storage. The app may also prove useful to fellow RE students, as members of the school's Marine Field Research class under Kristine Stump participate in shark-tagging trips as a part of their bay-based curriculum.
"I'm very proud of the work these students have done," Lefebvre said as students demonstrated the app's functionality during a virtual conference with STEM Department Chair Doug Heller, RE's new Chief Technology Officer Linda Lawrence and Associate Head of School John A. King, Jr. "This is their project and their presentation and they did a fantastic job."
The Shark Data Recorder App project design team included Daniel Goldstein '20, David Civantos '20, Diego Virtue '20, Morgan Hawkins '20, Bruce Jagid '21, Isa Camacho '22 and Ryan Ellison '20.
The app will also be made available on the Google Play Store.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.