Child-led R&D of camera rigs for mapping (#19761)

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Jun 20, 2019, 12:48:15 PM6/20/19

Child-led R&D of camera rigs for mapping

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Building from @warren's research note - - together with a team of young (9-11 year old scientists) we are aiming to develop and test camera rigs for balloon and kite mapping.

This is taking place in our child-led lab, Lab_13 Dovecote Primary in Nottingham, UK. (

Today was our first session and the kids had lots of different ideas for how this could be done. The main ideas that came up were using...

  • standard party ballon with a hole poked in for a camera
  • corrugated plastic sheets sandwiching camera
  • aerodynamic corrugated plastic case
  • hummus style plastic tub
  • kin ex (though I did have to highlight that most people don't have ready-access to kinex and they are going to come up with something else to use instead!)
  • plastic bottlesimage description

In the coming weeks we will be building models. Once we have all all the model rigs we will and then test the different designs including the ones that exist in the public lab community already. We will compare the rig weights, ease of building and the quality of the resulting photos.

I will post our research here as it happens!

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