Since the CZU Lightning Complex fire of August 2020 burned through most of the buildings and historical data that resided at Swanton Pacific Ranch (SPR), finding a new way to share the land’s rich history has become imperative. The purpose of our project was to do just that. We aimed to create an interactive chatbot called “Poppy” that could be accessible both online and at SPR, allowing users to learn more about the ranch and its surrounding areas. This chatbot allows users to explore a multi-level map of the ranch, ask any questions they may have about the ranch, and provides a place for users to donate to the ranch’s recovery and future development. The physical chatbot that will reside at SPR is fully self-sustaining; housed in a weather-resistant shed and fully solar-powered. It allows visitors to the ranch full access to the web application via a touchscreen monitor. Our project is the first fully functional version of Poppy the Chatbot, and it will serve as the foundational piece from which future teams will be able to easily expand and improve.
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