This educational traveling trunk program provides classroom teachers, scout leaders, homeschool groups, and families with tried and true lesson plans and materials to explore the management of the endangered Pallid Sturgeon in a very real and engaging way.
Missouri River Scientists brought a place-based curriculum about the Missouri River to classrooms throughout Mid-Missouri in 2023. This year saw 388 Mid-Missouri students dig into the story of the Pallid Sturgeon.
Thank you to the schools who participated in Missouri River Scientists in 2023:
Missouri River Scientists reached the classrooms of over 750 Mid-Missouri students in 2022. It was an incredible year of learning for young river scientists.
In 2022, trunks visited the following schools:
We are so excited to share that our education programs made their first peer-reviewed journal! In 2022, our research on the “Missouri River All-Stars Program” now called “Missouri River Scientists: Traveling Trunk” was featured in the “Science and Education” Journal!
This article is called “Promoting Young Learners’ Nature of Science Views Through Place-Based Socio-Scientific Issues Instruction”. We can’t share the article directly but we did screenshot some of the abstract, and discussion. Big thank you to Mizzou: College of Education, Ben Herman, Sarah Poor, and Tanner Oertli for showing how place-based teaching about the Missouri River can leverage students’ sense of place and augment their classroom experiences in ways that help them understand the nature of science and engage local socio-scientific issues.
One of the highlights of our trunks is the pallid sturgeon replicas. These pieces were created in hopes of making the issue the students are studying less abstract and more concrete.
A special thanks go to the maker of the four pallid sturgeons, Joshua Knuth. He is a taxidermist and 3D artist who was able to create our pallid sturgeon replicas by 3D printing 13 individual pieces and hand painting them in order to get the final product.
If you would like to see more work from Joshua, click here.
Thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting the Missouri River Scientists traveling trunk program and the creation of place-based education resources for our community. Also, thank you to Sam Stukel and US Geological Survey - CERC for allowing us the use of their photos.