This Montana Group Has Adventurers Working for Scientists
10 January 2020
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Outdoor enthusiasts make effective citizen scientists. In Montana, Adventure Scientists pairs outdoor adventure-seekers with scientists looking to collect data in remote locations. The volunteers gather data that inform US Forest Service and other conservation studies. The project has led to research collection by volunteers worldwide.
'Water is my happy place': accessible surf school ignites passion for sport in Bristol
29 December 2019
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The UK is home to an artificial surfing lagoon that aims to help those with disabilities have access to water sports they otherwise may not be able to participate in. Acting as both a physical and mental rehabilitation methodology, The Wave was designed "to make sure the space was accessible physically and in terms of culture, to make sure that all people have the same opportunities on site as each other and to normalise being around people who have got physical or mental health issues."
How Beitar Jerusalem's football club owner took on racism and won
20 December 2019
Video / Under 3 Minutes
Ending discrimination in football requires directly addressing some of the negative aspects of fan behavior. In Israel, the owner of the Beitar Jerusalem football club has threatened to take legal action against the La Familiar fan club, claiming damages to Beitar’s brand. In addition to the threat of lawsuits, the team promotes a youth club, known as the Team of Equals, which encourages connections between young Jewish and Muslim football fans.
Adult Onset Hunters: A New Type Of Sportsman Could Be The Key To Funding Conservation
25 November 2019
Radio / 3-5 Minutes
In the United States, many conservation efforts are funded by hunters through the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act and the Duck Stamp. Over the years, there has been a decline in hunting, but organizations like Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) are trying to change that. They offer a 5-week class called “Learn to Hunt” for those who've been called “adult onset hunters,” with the goal of increasing the number of hunters, and thus, conservation funds.
Philadelphia's new toy library lets families save money — and the environment — while forming a community
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)
24 November 2019
Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words
The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the surrounding area. The business addresses the common trend that enables parents to throw old toys away and create unnecessary waste; instead, Rutabaga accepts donations to the toy library for other families to use while offering a space for sharing and community gathering.
Ed tech can transform physical education classes, too
Tara Garcia Mathewson
The Hechinger Report
21 November 2019
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Where does technology fit into a gym class? One physical education teacher uses an online platform to let students track their fitness progress throughout the semester and ensure that all students stay engaged throughout class periods when gym space is limited.