THE MISSION OF MODERN BLANKET TOSS IS TO HELP UNDERSERVED STUDENTS DEVELOP INTEREST IN STEM FIELDS THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN DIRECTLY IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF ALASKANS.
In cooperation with the Alaska Upward Bound program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, EPSCoR is administering The Modern Blanket Toss, a program where cohorts of high school students from five Alaska high schools engage in place-based learning activities using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, exposing them to the potential for STEM careers while producing concrete benefits for their communities.
books of mbt
Click on any of the eBooks below and enjoy the story of the Modern Blanket Toss project in its entirety.
(They are PDF in magazine form versions, you will be taken to an outside website to read them. There will be an iBooks version available soon in order to experience the full multimedia capabilities that an eBook has to offer. The iBooks version will only be available to those with Apple devices.)
five interconnected components
The program is arranged into five interconnected components, which are instrumental in the program's ability to reach its desired goals.
They include UAV Flight School, UAV Hardware and Build, Software, Leadership Training and Communicating Science, and the Community Project.
Summer @ UAF
As part of their summer Upward Bound coursework, students participating in the Modern Blanket Toss project will take part in a specially-designed UAV learning module, incorporating construction and flight INSTRUCTION of the UAVs, gis, and leadership. The module will be delivered as an elective class for two hours a day for the duration of the six-week session.
Project evaluation will be undertaken by Angela Larson, owner and principal consultant for the Goldstream Group in Fairbanks. Larson has been evaluating educational programs since 1999 and specializes in K-12 science programs, and has also developed educational projects for the Fairbanks School District and headed the planning and development department of the Fairbanks Native Association.
Larson’s evaluation will be based on a logic model developed within the first month of the award, and will include both formative and summative components using a mixed-methods design to monitor measurable outcomes through both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Evaluation will focus on providing feedback about the project’s development, implementation, and outcomes to the project staff and stakeholders to aid in decision-making.