FVvr Reflections 2018

Colton Cascaddan:
  iTech 8th Grader

           This has been one of my favorite projects this year. We had an idea that we would be doing something like this since the beginning of the school year but we weren’t sure how it would all come together. We got to handle very old and fragile artifacts from our states history, and make 3D scans of them using photogrammetry which is the science of taking measurements from photographs. We did this because a museum like Fort Vancouver only has 2% of there artifacts on display so we scanned them so there could be more artifacts to view for the public. Also we wanted to allow the world to learn about Washington State’s history. We also had to make narrations describing our artifact and unique features it has. Overall this has been an amazing project. 

Isabel Lomas:
iTech 8th Grader

          In my opinion, I think it’s awesome that we get to share what we do with the world. It’s an experience like I’ve never had before. I’m new to iTech this year, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting what I got. I never
 had seen such an incredible project that incorporated the community globally. With all this, people will think the fact that we’re only students, and it could inspire others to do way more.
          Most other reflections here talk about the use of photogrammetry and Qlone, but in my opinion, the coolest factor to me is that we get to partner with agencies like the National Park Service to bring these goals, and ideas to life. If it were just myself doing the teaching, I definitely wouldn't have thought of this project, or had the confidence to try if I did. What happens in Mr. Zingale's room is the highest quality work you can get out of any middle school.

 Porter Boldt:
iTech 7th Grader

          I think this Project was a great Project from the start to finish. In the beginning, when we used Qlone, an app to digitally scan objects, 
and it was fun learning how you can use technology to help people learn about the history at Fort Vancouver. And after that when we did the artifact analysis, I got to learn more about how people used these artifact in their daily lives at Fort Vancouver, and how it affected the lives around them. I think this is one of many ways to make History more fun and more intriguing to the learners. In doing this, I think it was also great that we did a script and audio recording so people who are either blind or deaf can understand the same way as everybody else.

Payton Kawamoto:
iTech 7th Grader

          At the beginning of our iTech FVVr (1825-1860) Fort Vancouver virtual reality) project, we all took a field trip to Fort Vancouver to get an idea of what we were going to be researching/summarizing. iTech has close relations with Fort Vancouver, so they kindly let us borrow some of their artifacts, which we studied, 3D scanned, and summarized. My artifact is a beaded necklace, in order to correctly complete this project, I had to 3D scan it, write an analysis, which was transferred into a summary, and upload the audio of my summery into SketchUp (the app we are using to display out artifacts on). 
          Our goal is to raise awareness of Fort Vancouver and its history, as well as provide ways to view its contents if people are unable to visit the Fort. So far, we have provided 3D models and audio to go along with the artifacts. Fort Vancouver was a very popular fur trade post (18, run by Hudson’s Bay Company. Fort Vancouver was complete with a village, kitchen, carpenter’s shop/blacksmith’s shop, chief factor’s house, garden, bakehouse, trade shop, counting house, the fur store, and a small jail. This is a very important subject (especially to Washington), because it is a very big event in history, and the more we research it, the more we can understand how people lived and around the Fort.

Jazmin Jennings:
iTech 7th Grader

          The Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality tour was a project made two years ago by iTech students, and this year, our job was too create a virtual museum to go along with it. Overall I think this was a cool project, we learned how to do photogrammetry, scanned artifacts to create 3D models and went on a field trip the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. And since our school has a special partnership with them, we got to go places that not all of the public gets to go, and see artifacts no one else gets to see, which was also pretty exciting. After scanning our artifacts, we did research on how, when, where, who, and why it was used, and created a narration which we uploaded to SketchFab. What we aim to accomplish by making this virtual museum is to let people see the artifacts that the fort can’t display to everyone because they may be delicate or sensitive to light, and also for the people who can’t visit Fort Vancouver. We hope that with this people can be educated on how the artifacts were used and apart of the fort’s history. 

Alex Rizzo:
iTech 8th Grader

          I remember being a sixth grader when the original FVvr project was going on and hearing about it from some of the seventh graders that were doing the project and being jealous, especially when I found out that the project blew up in popularity. Then Mr. Z told us last year that we would be doing the project again and we thought “what’s left to do?” Then people from the fort came down and showed us “artifacts” which were just everyday household items. We were then taught what Photogrammetry is which is the art of taking measurements of
something using photos and we were told that we’d being doing that for the artifacts that the fort was not able to display and make a digital museum with some people(mostly 8th graders) being able to do the more fragile ones. At first it was a little rough figuring out which program we were going to use. Then we found the app called Qlone and that it was much faster and easier to use than the other programs a lot more people started to be excited for this project. When all of the students were done scanning, a team of students were tasked with updating the website with all of the artifacts. And as someone that got to pick one of the fragile artifacts who also went overboard on building the website and wants to be a history teacher when he’s older, this whole process was really fun and fascinating.

 Abby Anderson:
iTech 8th Grader

          When I applied for iTech my first time, one of the first things that caught my attention was the virtual tour of Fort Vancouver that they had made. I was very excited when I learned from Mr. Zingale that we would get to contribute to #FVvr ourselves. I loved being apart of this project because it felt like even though I was only in middle school, I was making a difference because I was able to help teach people all over the world about the fort. I think this project was so great for us to do 
because, one, we were not only able to learn history, but to learn technology too, and two, we are able to help other people to learn about something that they may not otherwise be able to see. I think that at the end of this, #FVvr has been a huge success that we were able to pull together with a lot of ambition and some great people who have been willing to put time and effort into making something great.

Mattheus Goldman:
iTech 7th Grader

          Before joining iTech, I heard about Fort Vancouver VR.  I thought to myself “Hey, what if that were me?” I later joined iTech and in my 7th grade year, I learned that we were doing something new with it. We
were going to make a virtual museum. I thought, “What are we going to put in it?” I later found out we were going to use a new thing called photogrammetry. I was super excited, but annoyed of the process of taking many pictures and then stitching them together and editing them. A few days later, we found out that we were instead going to use an app called Qlone to make the interactive pictures. Qlone allowed us to save hours taking pictures, editing them together, and exporting them which took hours. After all said and done, we had to get to designing the museum itself. I signed up to do that task and made parts of the website. Now we come to here, our work is done and it is being seen by people all over the world. Making the museum and pictures was a blast. Whenever I think about a success in my life, I think about this.