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The following article was posted on March 5th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 52 [ Submit a Story ]
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Drone sightings at the Dana Adobe caused by high school students


Central Coast New Tech High School student Robert Morison pointed to the summit of a dirt mountain on a classroom floor. It’s the method his group chose to showcase the battle over the Italian Front in WWI for museum night at the high school.

The unusual sight of alien-looking white drones flying over the Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe on Feb. 25 was part of a student project for the Environmental and Spatial Technologies Class at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.

Cameras attached to the drones were taking video of the adobe, as well as scans for a 3-D modeling project. The video will eventually end up on the Dana’s website, and the scans were the last needed for students to complete a 3-D model or map of the historic site.

It’s not the first trip Ronald Fenenga and his students have made to the Dana. On earlier trips, the class took multiple scans of the exterior and interiors of the structure.

On the docket for March is scanning and videoing Mission Santa Ynez as well as a trip to Solvang Elementary School, where Fenenga’s students will teach third-graders about map-making.

“It’ll be kids teaching other kids,” Fenenga said. “We do a lot of different projects with people. We basically have the technology here to try to get the solutions to the problems that people have.”

The technology his spatial tech class uses are made possible by grants he writes himself, as well as help from the Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Regional Occupation Program.

Videos of projects completed by spatial tech students over the last few years can be viewed on Fenenga’s YouTube channel, “cfenenga.”

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