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QR codes help students and teacher boost Nature Center experience

In Sterling Heights, Michigan, a teacher and her students have worked together to enhance education.

Sterling Heights, Michigan teacher, Christine Kincaid-Dewey, has worked with her students from the Macomb Mathematics, Science and Technology Center (MMSTC) in order to use QR codes to help to enhance the experience visitors receive when they head to the Nature Center in the city.

As a result of their efforts, the teacher and students have been recognized by the city as “Nice Neighbors”.

The “Nice Neighbor” award was presented to the group by Recreation Supervisor for the city, Mark DiSanto. Following the presentation, DiSanto explained that “Mrs. Kincaid-Dewey and her students undertook a project to bring Quick Response Code technology to the Nature Center’s many exhibits.” The aim of the project was to allow visitors to scan QR codes while at the Nature Center so they can learn more about the exhibits than would be possible to add to display signage.

The QR codes were used to automatically direct smartphone users to the information specific to each exhibit.

QR Codes Help Students & TeachersMobile device users can scan the QRcodes with any free reader app. These scanner applications are available at virtually every app store for devices on nearly every platform. Upon scanning the barcodes, the device automatically directs the user to a URL containing the relevant information.

DiSanto said that “Mrs. Kincaid-Dewey and her MMSTC students developed unique QR codes that provide unique and interesting facts about the exhibits being viewed,” and went on to add that “This information makes the exhibits come alive in a way that is simply not possible through traditional means.”

Another advantage to using quick response codes is that it is very easy to digitally update the information without having to change the barcode. This process is much more challenging when it comes to having to alter printed signage at an exhibit.

Kincaid-Dewey explained that her inspiration for the project she completed with her students was from previous visits she had made to the Nature Center with the MMSTC Ecology Club and their interest in giving back to it in a helpful and meaningful way.

QR codes help to prevent bike theft

An innovative new solution has been developed to add security to parked bicycles.

A new security system based on QR codes for bikes being parked on campus has been developed by a team of three students who call themselves the Beta Adroits.

The group had frequently heard of problems with bikes that were being stolen and sought new on-campus security.

What they accomplished was a system of QR codes that can help to provide added security to bicycles that are being parked on campus. One of the Beta Adroits members, Arun Balaji, explained that “There were a number of cases in our college where our college mates had their bikes stolen.” He added that “It was during the same period we were also extensively exposed to the brand new smartphone technology and found out how it could be used to scan QR codes.”

The group then realized that there was a very practical use for QR codes in solving the problem of stolen bikes.

Balaji said that the quick response codes could be affixed to the bicycles so that they can be scanned with smartphones or even with webcams.QR Codes - Bike Theft

The entire Beta Adroits group is made up of Sona College of Technology students who are seeking Computer Applications degrees. These students from Salem, Tamil Nadu are already 75 percent of the way through completing their source code and are nearly ready for implementing this new QRcode security system on their college campus.

The students and professors, alike, have been very receptive to the idea and are looking forward to seeing the system when it is put into place. The goal is to test it on their own campus and then introduce it to other schools throughout Chennai when it is found to work.

The group feels that if their system is, indeed, successful, then these QR codes could be used as an effective bicycle theft deterrent on college campuses. However, they also feel that there are a number of other useful applications, as well. They are hoping that this would make it easier to screen vehicles in offices, housing complexes, and large parking lots