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. 


We named this project after the Native tradition of the Blanket Toss, which enabled people to expand their horizons beyond their immediate surroundings. We want this project to do the same thing - literally, by giving students a bird’s eye view of their communities, and figuratively, by exciting them about college and STEM careers.
— Dr. John Monahan, Director of Upward bound and PI of Modern Blanket Toss