Tuesday, September 24, 2013
How do you make history? By connecting it to the Internet.
Eagle Scout candidate Sam Shaw ‘s love for history and the Internet recently helped him combine the two together. Working with Summerville’s Director of Tourism Tina Zimmerman, Historic Homes HOA President Dr. Robert Price, and Identity Graphics Owner Robert Stentiford he was able to create needed signage for Summerville’s Historic Homes Walking Tour. Because the signage contains the town’s first usage of QR codes, they like the historical yards they adorn, mark a place in Summerville’s history.
QR codes make it possible for tourist with Smartphones to access information about each home. QR is an acronym for Quick Response and is a symbolic code that helps connect readers to on-line information. QR codes can be used for accessing many types of data.
By scanning the code onto their phone, through the use of a downloaded QR App, tourists are redirected to a website where they can read about the history of each home on the tour.
Members from Summerville Troop 915, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3rd Ward, helped Sam with his Eagle Scout Project by participating in a car-wash fundraiser and then helping him place the signage.
Sam is a sophomore at Summerville High School where he plays as Safety on the J.V. football team. He is also Lifeguard certified through CCPRC and works part-time at Wannamaker County Park. His hobbies include piano and computer building.