Former MBT student Esau Sinnok Recognized as Champion of Change for Climate Equity

Former MBT student Esau Sinnok Recognized as Champion of Change for Climate Equity

Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska was recognized on Friday, July 15th, as one of ten Champions of Change for Climate Equity. Each Champion of Change has been chosen from a different state across the country and was formally honored at the White House. But unlike the other communities represented during the ceremony, Sinnok says the future of Shishmaref is uncertain because of the ways climate change is impacting the community right now. In about 30 years, he says, his island of Shishmaref will be underwater and uninhabitable. 

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MBT flies into the USA Science and Engineering Festival

MBT flies into the USA Science and Engineering Festival

The USA Science and Engineering Festival took place in Washington D.C. on April 16-17. The MBT project, along with the Alaska EPSCoR Augmented Reality Sandbox, were lucky enough to hold a space in the exhibit hall of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Over 350,000 people streamed through the hall during the two-day (plus a sneak-peek third day) convention. Dr. John Monahan and Adam Low represented the Modern Blanket Toss, and were provided ample opportunities to meet and engage with youth and others around the ideas of science and working with UAV's in the classroom. 

Chefornak and Bethel take to the skies

UAV expert Corey Upton and STEM curriculum specialist Adam Low visited Chefornak and Bethel during the second week of February to assist in the flight planning and initial data collection process for individual community projects. Bethel is located about 400 miles west of Anchorage and the village of Chefornak is another 90 miles to the west. Jared Mixon, the UB teacher incorporated our visit into the entire day of learning for all his students.  We met his engineering class in the morning and worked with them to make sure the hexacopter was working properly and plan missions using the mission planner software.

Seward students collect data for flood control project

Seward students collect data for flood control project

Teacher George Skraba Reising is pleased with the progress his team of students in making on their mapping project of the stream drainages in the Seward area.  The students are working in conjunction with local hydrologist Dan Mahalak to create 3D elevation maps of the creeks that are prone to flooding.  Creating these maps is a process that takes several steps.

Nikiski and Seward take to the skies

As winter began to close in it was time for more learning and training in Nikiski and Seward. Jacob in Nikiski, along with staff and students were ready to get their UAV’s off the ground. Nikiski had been having trouble with their hexacopter. It was the “can’t get this thing to fly” kind of trouble. The goal at Nikiski was to help get them up back up and running and get started with a successful autonomous flight. Seward had a functional copter but were looking for help with mission planning as it related to mapping creek beds. We were here to help both teams continue their progress.