Public Lab Wiki documentation


This is a revision from January 08, 2015 16:27. View all revisions
2 | 14 | | #11511

This is one of a series of guides for collaborative environmental research and advocacy projects. Pole Mapping is an easy way to get a view of your garden from above. This guide will cover how to make or purchase your own pole and affix a camera to it.

Planning this event

Ahead of time:

  • Take a look at the types of poles available, check out the pictures on the wiki page!
  • Consider the pros and cons of making, borrowing, or buying a pole.
    • If you want to make a pole, assess what you have locally available at hand to work with. Perhaps bamboo is readily available in your area, or perhaps a hardware store with long PVC is more your speed.
    • If purchasing a pole, I recommend a lightweight carbon fiber one like this, but be careful, unsupervised kids can easily break these delicate but high-tech rods (and yes they are a little pricey):
  • Make a decision on what kind of pole sourcing endeavor you will embark on

Materials to have on hand:

  • A camera
  • an SD card that fits in the camera
  • charged battery(s) for the camera
  • rubber bands (15x)
  • wide tape (usually packing tape, masking tape or painters tape)
  • Note: depending on your decisions above, pole materials will vary widely

Activity 1: