Classes 4 IPAI (school year 2013-2014), 5 A TIEN (school year 2013-2014) and 5A IPAI (school year 2014-2015), coordinated by their Electronics teacher, Mr Franco Tufoni, have designed and built a GPS Tracker that can map the geographical data (longitude, latitude, altitude, etc…) of a mountain hiking trail. The system has been tried and successfully tested by the classes on a route of 12 Km on Colle San Marco. In the current school year a work group, made up by Haxhiu Indrit, Zaporojanu Costantin e Mattioli Simone, has revised the project and stored all the information on this website. http://ipsiagpstracker.altervista.org The project is based on the Arduino developing system and integrated with components of recovery. The image shows a summary of the essential elements of the project.
The main instruments used are: Arduino Uno, GPS receiver, LCD display and SD memory card.
The test was successfully carried out on May 12th , 2014 starting from Piagge of Ascoli Piceno, and developed within the woods touching the fundamental historical and cultural points (St. Bartolomeo Church of Piagge, San Giorgio and Castel Trosino, the Source of the Wolf pass, the Paci Shelter, the San Marco plain, the old Mule, the Hermitage of San Marco, the old Furnace, the Finger of the devil, the monastery of San Lorenzo, the cave of Blessed Corrado and the Shrine of the Partisans).
Along the way, 12 Km long, on a height difference of 500 m and in about 5 hours walk, the GPS Tracker has acquired, processed and stored on the SD card 3600 points, one every 5 seconds.
The acquired data were included on Google Earth and Google Maps for the graphic reconstruction of the route and, compared with the map, there has been a great precision (of the order of a meter), exactly like a professional GPS. The Photo Gallery shows all the project phases, from assembly to testing.
The project was also given a multidisciplinary form: there was always a stop in the places mentioned above and, besides storing the technical data, some students have collected and shown their classes the historical and cultural information. In conclusion we can say that the experience was formative and constructive for students, relevant to their curriculum, and it made it possible to spend a day in contact with nature and some forgotten places of the territory.