MOSS uses scientific equipment to provide opportunities for K12 students to engage in real-world field data collection. This equipment plays a vital role in helping our students DO SCIENCE. With so many students (2500+ a year) using the gear in all weather conditions, it eventually wears out and becomes less and less effective. Some of our current tools are over 10 years old. Updating our k12 science equipment will do the following:
It will replace worn out and well-used gear with an updated and rugged alternative
More students will be able to use a variety of current tools for data collection
Accurate data collection will facilitate connecting the work of our k12 students with that of researchers
Your support and participation will help K12 students experience Science In Action!
The McCall Outdoor Science School(MOSS) is a program of the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources. Our mission is to transform the lives of individuals and our communities through innovative outdoor research and educational experiences. We do this a combination of K12 science programs, graduate/undergraduate education and faculty research.
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These tools help students to measure an angle across a distance. Useful outcomes include estimating a tree's size or measuring the slope of a snowy hillside.
A donation at this level helps us buy one snow science kit. Each kit has the tools to connect students to the science of our Idaho snowpack. We need 10 of these.
- Snow Crystal Card has 3 textured grids for examining snow crystals and doubles as an inclinometer.
- Magnifier X20 for viewing snow crystals up close.
- 100 cm Folding Ruler for documenting a snow pit with precision.
- Dial Stem Thermometers to document the snowpack's temperature.
A donation of $75 will buy one pair of snowshoes for our young scientists. Winter is an amazing season in McCall and a great time to explore the natural world. Your gift will give another student solid "footing" to investigate snow science, winter ecology and to enjoy our incredible winter environment.
A donation of $200 will buy one Vernier LabQuest Stream. This is a device that allows multiple sensors to transmit data to a tablet via Bluetooth signal. This will allow students to increase the amount of data they collect in their inquiries. We are hoping to fundraise for 10 of these.
Your donation of $300 will provide us with one Pelican Case and padding to protect our data collection equipment(sensor kits, iPad minis, etc) for many years to come. We are seeking to fundraise for 10 of these.
A donation of $400 will buy one iPad Mini for our young scientists. The mini will serve as the primary interface between the students and the data they collect in the field. We are hoping to raise enough funds for 10 iPad minis.
A donation of $500 will allow us to purchase one sensor kit. This kit includes the sensors that measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, pH and nitrate/phosphate concentrations. Our goal of 10 kits will update the gear for every group in the field.
A donation of $750 will buy a pair of Mighty Scopes. These incredible tools connect via Bluetooth to our tablets. An entire group of students can see the same magnified image at once. We are hoping to raise enough funds to purchase two.