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Student app will make cultural sites more attractive

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Student app will make cultural sites more attractive

Students at the programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle have developed an app to “make it more fun and exciting to collect cultural sites.”

“Kulturjakten,” which the app is called, is about visiting cultural sites in Gästrikland. The association Naturkraft Gästrikland ordered the app; they would like people to discover that getting out in nature is beneficial to your well-being and, at the same time, stimulate tourism.

“We would like to offer experiences that people request and nature experiences are high on the priority lists when people choose tourist destinations,” Chair of Naturkraft Gästrikland Dennis Nordström says.

Looking for cultural heritage sites

In the area around Högbo, the first area in the app, the students have uploaded ten GPS coordinates to visit. You need to be within ten meters distance from “the cache” to see it, and you get points according to how many you have found. There is also a link to click on to read more about the site you are visiting.

“Using modern technology can be a way to attract young people, but not only those, as old people ride their bicycles to go geocaching and look for turfs,” Dennis says.

The students are now working on the next area, which is Årsunda. One idea is for schools to use the app for a pedagogical purpose.

“This can to be really good for schools. If you have read about one or several of the objects, you can go there and then you will be given a few questions about what you have read,” Mattias Kranse says. He is one of the students who developed the app.

Åke Wallin, utbildningsledare för dataingenjörsprogrammet, menar att man försöker få kurserna så nära verkligheten som möjligt. Han poängterar också att studenterna lär sig under projektets gång och att det blir en extra nerv med externa uppdragsgivare.

Students very satisfied

Erik Gidlund finds the programme very relevant and thinks that the project was a lot of fun. Indeed, he enjoyed it so much that he has found himself staying up until late at night developing apps of his own, and, in this way, he has extended his knowledge in the field.

“I am ready and I feel that I have the knowledge that the job market requires. Now, I want to go out and start solving problems,” Erik Gidlund says.

Rebecca Lindberg has found it very exciting to test the knowledge she has acquired in the programme in real life. In the future, she would like to study for a Master’s degree.

“This programme has given me wide knowledge in the field, and now I would like to specialise a bit more,” Rebecca Lindberg says.

To Mattias Kranse, the process of having to be flexible and adjust to a client has been very instructive, to be able to test if one’s knowledge sufficed for that.

“I am ready to go out to work now and I feel well prepared,” Mattias Kranse says.

Åke Wallin, programme director, Dennis Nordström, Chair, Naturkraft Gästrikland, Erik Gidlund, Rebecca Lindberg and Mattias Kranse, final-year students at study programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle


For more information, please contact:Rebecca Lindberg, student, study programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle
Phone: 076-260 88 30
E-mail: rebecca.lindberg@outlook.com

Errik Gidlund, student, study programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle
Phone: 073- 057 26 92
E-mail: erik-gidlund@hotmail.com

Mattias Kranse, student, study programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle
Phone:
E-mail: ofk16mke@student.hig.se

Åke Wallin, programme director for the study programme in computer engineering at the University of Gävle

Phone: 070-397 97 72
E-mail: ake.wallin@hig.se

Dennis Nordström, Chair, Naturkraft Gästrikland
Phone: 070-314 41 74
E-mail: dennis@naturkraft-gestrikland.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo grouppicture: Thomas Persson

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Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.


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