This guy uses Google Street View and Snapz Pro to capture a virtual walk through his childhood neighborhood. I remember doing this kind of thing, live in person, with my wife, as both of us had lived abroad in Germany when our fathers were in the Army. We have no opportunity to return there (at least not any time soon), but Google let us approximate this virtual trip and share something a bit more personal with one another.
You might want to check it out as a possible element of your final class project. (Thanks to Jim Groom for the link; I would have used his stab at this but his video wouldn’t play on my machine for some reason).