The Great Dismal Swamp, located in northeastern North Carolina
and southeastern Virginia, is one of the most unique, natural
wetlands of the world. The Great Dismal Swamp Boardwalk Hydrology
Project at Elizabeth City State University began in the fall
of 1996. Its purpose was to determine the quality of the water
in the Great Dismal Swamp and to understand how and why the
water quality changes. The data collected helped to explain
the changes that take place with the swamp's water throughout
the year in regard to water table pulsing, pH, nitrate nitrogen,
phosphate, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen.
Utilizing various software presentation packages, the multimedia
team will develop software that will present the water quality
research, history, and geography of the swamp in electronic
format. This knowledge will then be used to draw students
into interactive lessons in mathematics such as measuring
and graphing based on the Principles and Standards for School
Mathematics from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The target audience for this software will be the classroom
of the K-3rd grades and the delivery method will be via CD
with web-based delivery to follow in the fall of 2002.