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The team here at Stone Child College, AKA The Nerd Herd, has got the blimp set up in a garage. We have got the camera system leveled nicely and would sure enjoy getting to take some pictures. The day today is a bit windy and would probably blow the blimp around along with the camera system making it difficult to get good photos of the SCC garden.  We  have been detailing the garden so the weeds will not show up in our images when we take them.  Our plan is take three images:  one centered over the community garden plots. We are particularly interested in the two boxes that contain sweet grass.  The second image wil be centered over our Mahtahmin plots.  The third will be centered over the phonological garden.

Before we do take it out to fly we have to get it through the garage door, there are crates blocking the entrance which we need to find some way to move.  We will be ready to fly and take pictures after the crates are moved and the day is a little more calmer. We will be leaving it inflated in the garage until the day we will take it out to fly. Hopefully the wind will die down today so we will be able to get some photos taken. According to the Meso west weather station in Rocky Boy Agency,  right now the wind speed is 11 MPH and gusting to 18 MPH.

THE NERD BIOS

Tashina Russette:

I was born and raised in Rocky Boy, Montana. I am a part of the Chippewa-Cree tribe but also have some Taos Pueblo and Navajo roots. I graduated from Box Elder High School in 2001 and joined the Navy for 4 and a half years.  I have traveled to places around the Pacific Ocean and a bit around the Indian Ocean, worked with the boatswains mates and operations specialists on the USS Carl Vinson. I got out of the Navy in 2006 I started school at Stone Child College, I have received an associates in General Science and Computer Science.  I spent the summer of 2011 interning at the Salish Kootenai College working with the blimp. At SKC the blimp team created a camera system and went though processes for creating digital elevation models of the Camas Prairie area. I am now back at SCC working with the blimp remote sensing project team and aurora detector project team. After I am finished here I hope to move forward and take advantage of the computer engineering program available at SKC.

Sky Grant:  I grew up in hays M.T and moved to rocky boy studying Computer Science at Stone Child College. I’m hoping to build a self sustaining computer that will help for times to come. I’m working with the tether blimp project, aurora detector project team and I hope to expand my study with MSGC in computers.

My name is Joel Spinler I am a 24 year old Alaskan native currently attending Stone Child College in Rocky Boy, MT. My major is Natural Resources, and I am presently working on student research project with the MSGC using an infrared camera attached to a tethered blimp to assess the levels of vegetation health at Stone Child College’s agricultural research field and nearby regions. I have been interested in science, technology, and agriculture since I was a young child. It makes feel good as an adult to be involved in a project were I can pursue multiple interests of mine simultaneously. In the future I hope that I will be able to work on other projects like the tethered blimp project that we are currently working on as I continue on in reaching my educational goals of becoming an agricultural scientist

I Mike Corcoran am a First Year Student at Stone Child College.   I am working towards a degree in Natural Resources.  I owned and operated my construction company for 20 years until I fractured my skull.  I am still able to run my cattle operation.  I decided to go back to school and pursue a different goal in life. I have grown up Farming, Ranching, and Construction fields and decided to venture out in Computers and Natural Resources in which I am currently trying to further my education in. At this time our class is working on the Tethered Blimp Project and I find the infrared and red camera lenses imaging to be quite interesting.

Hi my name is Jarom Crebs a second year student at stone child collage working on getting my natural rescores degree.  As 38 year old sophomore in collage all of this has been a great learning experience for me.  As a brick, block and stone mason mason of 16 years this is experience has opened my eyes to a whole world of opportunities that I would have ever thought of. I hope to one day obtain my wildlife biology degree. And work in and around our small Indian reservation called Rocky Boy.

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