Expedition #4 ___________
It's not just a planet, it's a test-bed.

As dates are confirmed for these expeditions, we'll notify all members.

We are currently looking for members to launch DEXpeditions in their own area. Please contact DEX if you are interested in becoming and expedition leader.

"Botanical Wilderness DEXpedition"

On March 8th, during the LAEEF, DEX and the Wildwoods Foundation will launch three mini-DEXpeditions to demonstrate the exciting potential of digital exploration, mobile communication and outdoor learning. Students will be equipped with laptops, handhelds, digital cameras, GPS units and other electronics at the fair. They will use mobile PCs equipped with wireless modems to transmit images to the DEX booth at the fair, where the DEX site will be displayed live using a video projector. There will be a special web page for the LAEEF images on the DEX site that will remain after the fair.

The theme of the DEXpeditions is “Exploring the Botanical Wilderness.” Students will be given clipboards with instructions that inform them, “No one has ever been here before.” They are to explore the arboretum as if they were the first people ever to set foot in the area. They have one hour to scout and record what they find and report their discoveries back to civilization (the DEX and Wildwoods booth.)

The students will be given a list of certain things to look for:
--Geographic or geological features, such as lakes, hills, waterfalls, ridges. Also buildings and structures.
--Botanical specimens, specifically ecosystems (e.g. tropical plants and trees.)
--Wildlife (including bipeds of various age and size)
· --History (the Queen Anne cottage, the adobe hacienda, etc.)

The digital explorers will sketch and mark their findings on a map that shows only the outlines of the arboretum. Using GPS devices, they will mark the latitude and longitude of what they find. Finally, if the equipment allows, they will meet up with a DEX technician on the grounds and transfer some of their photo images to a laptop, which will then send them wirelessly to the DEX site, where they will be posted for viewing later in the day at the booth.

Fall 2003 - "Death Valley LANscape"

Three teams of students and teachers study and explore Death Valley at differing altitudes and compare their findings via a wild and wireless network.

Within 90 miles of each other lie the lowest and highest points on the surface land mass of the continental United States. Lying below sea level, the salty, desolate expanse of Death Valley was once indeed a sea bed. As Spring brings its complex changes, several schoolgroups will make environmental measurements at the differing ecologies which exist from the bottom of the ancient sea bed up the mountain crests approaching Mount Whitney.

Communication between the groups will be by wireless LAN, and we welcome any suggestions how to make this airborn pipe enjoy fat and fast bandwidth. GPS measurements will provide initial data for what will be DEX's growing WorldBoard participation in this rich and varied terrain, which hosts fossils from every major geological period.

DEX - The Digital Exploration Society
The plants,
rocks, fire,
water, all
are alive.
They watch
us and see
our needs."
--An Apache