Students to showcase DNR apps

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven Ball State University students will unveil mobile phone applications Friday that will take users on historical tours of several Indiana state parks.

The students developed the apps in preparation for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as it prepares to celebrate 100 years since the state’s park system was launched.

The apps, which haven’t been approved for downloading yet, are intended to help Hoosiers tour Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Mounds, Pokagon and Turkey Run state parks.

Ran An, Josh Lowe, Michael Smith, Jacob van Brunt, Kristen West, Erica Wurst and Weijian Zheng were given a Ball State University Provost Immersive Learning Grant to create the apps, with the assistance of Ball State history professor Ronald Morris.

The students were selected from multiple Ball State majors, including computer science, history and telecommunications. They were involved in all areas of the apps’ creations, including collecting research and photos, writing, creating video and designing and coding.

The unveiling will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Mounds State Park in Anderson. Visitors will be provided with smartphones and tablets that can be used to test the apps.

Android users will be able to download the apps for free from the Google Play store this fall. Version of the apps for iPhone will also be available later this fall. The DNR will use social media to announce when the apps are officially available for download. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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