Communicating Science in Our Community with the Cherokee Spoken Language

Communicating Science In Our Community with the Cherokee Spoken Language

Three students at Southwestern Community College associated with the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative Project participated in the 2021 Space Apps Challenge Oct. 1-3 and were selected as Global Nominees for their informative work on Synthetic Aperture Radar.  Their unique approach included a clear explanation of the technology as well as sections translated into the Cherokee spoken language.  This project tied the work to the community and helped the students engage the tribe in a discussion about culture and science identity.  The winning team was composed of Andrew Frady, Alberto Cruz, and Daniell Triplett (seen below L - > R).  A dozen other students also participated in the Challenge.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to think outside the box and help preserve the language of my people." - Alberto Cruz

The three global nominees for the Rosman location for the 2021 Space Apps Challenge.  Andrew Frady, Alberto Cruz, and Daniel Triplett pose with their project outside of Southwestern Community College.