From the Mentor

  • Welcome! This is the BTTE (Back To The Earth) blog of Shaelyn, Tech Mentor. This will be holding my account of the activities and other things that happen during camp. I will post a daily update on the events and happening at BTTE as well as likely some photos and a video from Darian's GoPro. Note that everything I will post here will have photo disclosure from signed forms.
  • STOI: Day 4 Today camp was on the fairgrounds in Wellpinit. It was pretty cold and raining buckets, but the building was dry and warmed up when Francis set up his heater inside. (Many of us spent much of our time huddling around it.) We brought the crayfish to the building, which may not have been the best idea. They were probably dropped at least twelve times as the kids tried to get the crayfish to pinch them and were a small distraction at the beginning of the day. We were eventually able to round them up and got them onto their first activity of drawing. Aimee then talked to them about engineers and many of them had very good answers to her ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2013, 7:57 AM by UIdaho Back to the Earth
  • STOI: Day 3 Rain, rain, and yet more rain. It poured buckets last night so the entire campsite was pretty much soaked. Today the kids would be testing water quality, interviewing some interns, looking at bugs from the steam, and shocking fish. The kids seemed to enjoy testing water quality and enjoyed playing in the water afterward. (Despite the cold.) Interviewing the interns a took a little longer, but that wast surprising since the kids did have to come up with a good question and it wasn't unlikely that one kid may have used another's same question. Lunch was nice and warm: chips, hot dogs and hamburgers. Everybody enjoyed then moved on to the next activities: fish shocking and macroinvertebrates. After ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2013, 7:41 AM by UIdaho Back to the Earth
  • STOI: Day 2 Today the fish weir went into the stream. This was a relatively long process, but completely worthwhile. Many of the elders showed up today and I (among others) enjoyed having so many of them present for this event. Following this, Randy talked to the kids about the crayfish and the ways the used to trap them. (Using a steak to hold down meat under the water. Crayfish would come to it and start trying to eat it and they’d grab the crayfish. Yum.) After the kids learned about the crayfish, they set some traps with hot dog in them to try and catch a few by the next day. The kids set some downstream and some of the adults ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2013, 9:21 PM by UIdaho Back to the Earth
  • STOI: Day 1 There were so many kids today. I was surprised by how crowded camp was, but that's a good thing so many kids were there today. Today we made a fish wier, which the kids seemed intrigued by, despite the extreme levels of heat that day. Also today we had a hike down the stream, where the kids got to explore and learn about plants. They also found some clay while on the walk and returned with balls as well as it slathered across their face like war paint. The second group that was separated while this group was on a hike was down by the other side of the stream, drawing what they see it like now and how ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2013, 9:02 PM by UIdaho Back to the Earth
  • Coeur d'Alene: Day 4 The last day of camp. The kids definitely did miss going out and playing at the creeks, that's one thing I noticed. A few times they got restless and fidgeted, got out their iPods or asked me to use the iPads. Today they got their t-shirts which they seemed to enjoy, and as a final project built a small model of a part of the river between Hangman and Sheep Creek. The kids all got pretty into it, building log bridges and little trees, recalling almost everything from the whole week. The kids then presented their projects to their parents and other members of the community over pizza. At the end of the day, the kids filled out ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2013, 4:42 PM by UIdaho Back to the Earth
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