This spring term, Trinfo.Cafe is embarking on two new student-led initiatives. With the support of the Margaret C. Jacobs Charitable Trust and William Levy ’71, Trinfo is overseeing the developing of a new student-designed program using unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) to expose a small pilot group of high school students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) to videography on one track and spatial mapping on another.
Currently under development, the drone program will kick-off in September and run throughout the Fall term with two teams of three Trinity students paired to an equal number of high school students from HMTCA. The Trinity students will act as mentors and tutors throughout the program. From learning the mechanics of how to pilot the drones to the proper rules and etiquette of flying, the program endeavors to create a baseline experience for all the participants before breaking off into their respective program tracks. The videography track will produce a promotional video of the campus main quad – from the library to the chapel. The spatial mapping team will develop a virtual campus map of the same space with integrated content for each of the pin locations representing all of the buildings surrounding the main quad. This content will include text, a voice-over narrating the building and its history by a Trinity student tour guide from the Admissions Office, and a video fly-by taken with the drones. The products will be displayed on Trinfo’s website, however, the program, after evaluation and revision, will be offered to community partners as part of Trinfo’s array of youth-based technology programs.