Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vermont ONRCD develops Emriver curriculum for G4-6.

We're happy to learn from Larry Kasden that curriculum for our Emriver Em2 has been written in Vermont.

The 46-page lesson packet, aimed at grades 4-6, is used in a “River Roadshow,” a program run by the
Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District (ONRCD) to bring to the community an appreciation of rivers and how they work. The Roadshow developed the lesson packet; Jennifer Guarino of Ecotone Education wrote it.

You can download the packet here.  The ONRCD encourages users to review the packet and offer suggestions for improvement and expansion.  The packet contains contact information.

We are thrilled to see our Emriver Em2 models used this way, and to see this well-done curriculum developed.

 From the packet:  "The lesson packet covers many aspects of river dynamics in a way that encourages observation, discussion, and experimentation. For example, students do simple activities with marbles to see the effects of meanders on speed and the relationship of speed and volume to force. They carry these activities to the stream table and easily note the relationship of river speed and volume to erosion and degradation. In short, rather than being told how streams work, they discover, on their own, the concept of Lane’s Balance, one of the primary principles of river dynamics. So while the topic of this lesson packet concerns rivers, the process is for students to learn to observe, question, form theories, test their theories, and formulate and apply their findings. 
ONRCD is grateful for the advice and assistance of Staci Pomeroy and Marie Lavesque Caduto of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Chris E. Smith of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for serving as scientific advisors. We are also grateful to Kathy Renfrew, Vermont Agency of Education, Jenny Hewitt, a teacher at the Pomfret School, Audrey Halpert, a teacher at the Albert Bridge School, and Jill Kurash and Karen White of Woodstock School whose years of experience insured that this packet would be valuable to classroom teachers. And finally, we thank Jennifer who has the talent to bring it all together."

Emriver Em2 in use by the ONRCD, photo courtesy of ONRCD.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Our first model in Italy! / La nostra prima spedizione in Italia!

[Editor's note: Business Director Meriam Lahlou translated this post into Italian.]

We shipped our first Emriver model to Italy last week—an Em2 is on its way to the engineering department at the University of Trento, where it will be used to teach civil and environmental engineering by Dr. Guido Zolezzi.

The Little River team celebrates our first shipment to Italy.
Left to right: Steve Gough, LRRD owner; Meriam Lahlou, Business Director;  
Nathan Speagle, Prototyper & Shop Supervisor; JM Krahe, Assistant Prototyper; 
Anna Durrett, Research Assistant; Jim Nation, Assistant Prototyper
Il nostro team Little River celebra la nostra prima spedizione in Italia.
Da sinistra a destra: Steve Gough, proprietario LRRD; Meriam Lahlou, Direttore Commerciale;
Nathan Speagle, Prototyper e Supervisore di officina; JM Krahe, Assistente Prototyper;
Anna Durrett, Assistente di Ricerca, Jim Nation, Assistente Prototyper

We met Dr. Zolezzi, a professor at the University of Trento, when he spoke at SIUC about the effects of dams on European rivers.

LRRD Business Director Meriam Lahlou used her Italian skills to make this deal happen.  Grazie, Meriam!

We've put another pin on the map!  Click the Google map image to explore the interactive map of Emriver locations.

The University of Trento's Em2 is our 11th model in Europe!
Il Em2 a L'Università di Trento sarà il nostro 11° modello in Europa!

[Nota del redattore: LRRD Direttore Commerciale Meriam Lahlou ha tradotto questo post in Italiano]

La settimana sorsa, abbiamo spedito il nostro primo modello Emriver in Italia. Il modello Em2 è in rotta per la divizione ingegneria a l'Università di Trento, dove verrà utilizzato per insegnare ingegneria civile e ambientale.

Circa 17 mesi fa , abbiamo incontrato il Dott. Guido Zolezzi, professore a l'Università di Trento, a SIUC quando ha parlato degli effetti delle dighe sui fiumi europei.

LRRD Direttore Commerciale Meriam Lahlou era felice di usare la sua conoscenza della lingua italiana per favorire questo accordo. Grazie, Meriam!

Un alto puntino sulla mappa! Clicca l'immagine mappa di Google per esplorare la mappa interattiva dei luoghi Emriver .

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

LRRD rocks GSA's 125th anniversary meeting

Better economic times and, thankfully, an end to the ridiculous federal government shutdown, boosted attendance at this year’s annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver to well over 8,000.

We had a great time celebrating GSA's 125th anniversary.  We met passionate geology professors and students and hard-working researchers and professionals, and we visited with old friends like Callan Bentley.  We now have nearly 170 Emriver models worldwide, and we were happy to see many Emriver owners in Denver.  We saw the effects of the recent floods first-hand (an important issue for us), and talked with scientists and residents in the area about what happened and how to rebuild.

Matt Kuchta explains how to make a 3D model of
topography in the Em2 using his Xbox Kinect
A highlight was Matt Kuchta’s setup in our booth.  After presenting his poster session on use
of the Kinect sensor to measure geomorphic change in his Emriver Em2 model, Matt demonstrated digital 3D modeling with the Kinect in our models.  Matt also brought along his famous high speed camera and captured some cool video of water and particle movement in our Emflume1.

Many thanks to Matt for his interest in our models and for putting them to such good scientific use!

Anna Durrett talks coded modeling media with visitors in our booth at GSA 2013
This year's GSA was the first conference for our new colleague Anna Durrett, and, as we expected, she did a wonderful job.  Anna also handled much of the complex logistics.  Thanks Anna!

Thanks also to students who helped in our booth—Bo Cherry, an IGERT fellow at SIUC, and Candice Passehl, Nora Dwyer, Sara Holden, Kyle Lewis and Catherine Vogel, students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.—we couldn't have done it without them!

Steve, Alee, Nathan and Anna after a successful meeting!
Alee, Matt and Nathan talk tech in our booth at GSA 2013

Steve shows off stratigraphy formations in our Em3 at GSA 2013

There was a constant crowd in our booth at GSA 2013

GSA 2013 move out from Steve Gough on Vimeo.