From Pedagogy to Paddle: STEM in a Canoe
3/13 UPDATE: Overwhelming support easily meets 1st goal so let's get a second canoe!
The enthusiasm and support for this campaign have been such that we achieved our original fundraising goal in a third of the time expected. Since we have two weeks left and there is still a high level of interest we have decided to continue raising funds with the goal of purchasing and outfitting a second canoe. Thank you all for your support of this campaign and the mission of the McCall Outdoor Science School.
The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is a program of the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources. Since 2001, MOSS has created powerful learning experiences for over 10,000 K-12 students and 260 graduate students. At its 15 acre campus on the shores of Payette Lake, MOSS students begin weeklong journeys that have them exploring Ponderosa State Park, doing field experiments, collecting data, and discovering the scientist in themselves. This is all made possible by the incredible faculty and staff who are committed to MOSS's mission of transforming individuals and communities through innovative research and educational experiences.
As you may know, the experience of DOING science is what makes MOSS so impactful and we DO a lot of science along the shore and in the open water of Payette Lake. Now we need your help: it is time for MOSS to add a second BIG canoe to our program. Our goal is to raise enough funds ($8500) to purchase a 29' Langley Canoe along with the necessary paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs).
As more students come to MOSS, we find that we do not have enough time for everyone to get a turn in our big canoe. Logistically, this challenges us to make sure all students gain equal time on the water and have access to this great resource. Your support will allow us to give more students the MOSS experience they deserve. Who knows, maybe your gift will inspire tomorrow's hydrologist or fisheries scientist.
We know that MOSS matters. Your support allows us to meet our goals and continue to impact the lives of teachers and students:
"MOSS taught the kids more about science in one week than what they would experience in a full school year." - Kevin Boynton, teacher at Collister Elementary
"Students traditionally unsuccessful in the classroom are able to shine and build their confidence." - Stacey Hammer, teacher at Whitney Elementary