Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium starts Nov. 14

As the daughter of a teacher, education is at the core of my being, and for a few weeks now I’ve been looking forward to an upcoming event.

A few of us from Little River Research & Design will be attending the Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium in Godfrey, Ill. in November and engaging our fellow attendees with an Emriver Em3 geomodel and Emflume1.

The deadline to register for MRWES has been extended to Friday, Nov. 7. Originally the deadline was Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The symposium will be held at the Lewis and Clark Community College campus on Nov. 14 and 15. It aims to aid the development and growth of science-based watershed education programs. MRWES is organized by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

Presentations and workshops will focus on watershed concepts, natural history and environmental education, cultural history, civic engagement, sustainability, and concepts focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

The keynote speakers are Sean O’Connor, program manager of educational mapping for National Geographic Education, and Chad Pregracke, president and founder of Living Lands & Waters and the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.

You can follow LRRD @gravelbar and @annadurrett for tweets during the symposium, and we’ll be using #MRWES2014. You can also follow the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center @NGRREC.

An Em3 in use at LRRD.

I look forward to meeting and learning from many passionate educators at MRWES, as well as demonstrating how to use the Em3 and Emflume1 for hands-on education. Hope to see you there!

An Emflume1 in use at LRRD.

Editor's note: This post was updated Monday, Nov. 3 to reflect the registration deadline extension for MRWES.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Beyond the Stream Table' and 'Using the Emriver Em2' at GSA 2014 Vancouver

Next week in Vancouver at the Geological Society of America annual meeting, there will be two Emriver-related digital posters included in the Pedagogical Use of Physical Models topical session.

The session is on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Vancouver Convention Centre-West Exhibition Hall C. Authors will be present from 9-11 a.m and 5-6:30 p.m.

The session will host eight additional posters, including others by Emriver model users on such topics as  alternative modeling media.

Our Steve Gough and Emriver Em3 geomodel at GSA 2013 Denver. You can see our blog post about last year's GSA here.

Little River Research & Design won’t have a booth at GSA this year, but it's one of our favorite conferences. We hope everyone has a great time in Vancouver, and we'll see you next year at GSA 2015 Baltimore!

Many thanks to our enthusiastic Emriver model teachers and researchers, particularly Matt Kuchta, who's dreamed up many ways to use his!

In the left corner you can see Matt Kuchta at our booth last year at GSA. Matt used an Xbox Kinect to make a 3D model of topography in one of our Emriver Em2 geomodels (shown here is our Em3). You can see his posts about the Emflume1 at GSA here. You can see and/or join the Google+ Emriver Working Group created and operated by Matt here.