National quilt project
Every year, Trout Unlimited's TIC coordinator Tara Granke organizes a national quilt project for all TIC and SIC schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to do several things:
Just in the last few days I got this message from Tara, announcing the quilt project:
Educators, Coordinators, and Salmonid enthusiasts:
It's that moment you've all been waiting for: it's time to sign up for the S/TIC Quilt Square Exchange Project. This year's theme is Mountains to City to Sea!
Enhance STEAM learning by joining the 2020 Trout Quilt Project. Participating classes create 25 fabric art squares based on your classroom's learning in the SIC/TIC program. Finished squares and class letters are sent to classrooms across the country! It is a unique opportunity to share your experiences with other classrooms and you get the surprise of receiving quilt squares in the mail. The result—after sewn together—will be a beautiful, colorful quilt! Trout Unlimited staff contact is Tara Granke, tgranke @ tu.org.
Each class has a simple and fun task: decorate your quilt squares** – 8” x 8” pieces of fabric, usually about 25 total – and send them to the other participating schools! In return, you’ll receive squares from around the country, which you can sew together as seen at www.facebook.com/ticsic in the Quilt Albums.
Note that this year’s theme is Mountains to city to sea to highlight the journey of a drop of water and how it moves through a watershed. Your squares can reflect any aspect of the water cycle or the watershed! Use of imagination is highly encouraged and required. :)
If you’re interested, fill out this sign-up form by Monday, February 17. Then follow these VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:
1. An email to confirm your participation will be sent from Tara Granke to the email you provide on 2/18. You must reply to confirm your participation by 2/24.
2. Once everyone confirms, instructions will be sent via email. Instructions will be sent out the week of 2/24.
3. Signing up is a commitment to make and send out the 25 squares.
4. You’ll have a little over two months to decorate the squares and write letters to your fellow TIC/SIC classes;squares will be due out to the other schools by May 1st. This means postmarked by May 1, 2020.
We'll post a Quilt Gallery on the National SIC/TIC Facebook page, so please share your classroom's finished piece or squares with Tara: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy creating!
**Classrooms must purchase or find materials to make the squares as described in the instructions. Supplies needed include fabric and materials to decorate the squares. Postage costs are also incurred when mailing the letter and square to each school. Associated costs with this project are the responsibility of the participating classroom or school.**
To join or for more information (also pasted below) visit: https://forms.gle/pZU5k1DwTgDuxbGUA
One final comment (from Joe): It's probably the case that most teachers have never made a quilt, so a TIC quilt project could seem a bit daunting at first. But consider this:
Lincoln Community School
A couple of years ago, Mikaela Frank and Mollie Sprague, at Lincoln Community School, did something both cool and beautiful. They attached their 5th and 6th graders TIC quilt squares to colorful poster paper and made a fantastic bulletin board out of them.
Here's what resulted
Cassidy Shaw, Fish Culture Operations Manager for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, sent me this helpful two-page document explaining why and how F&W creates triploid eggs. Click on the image to access both pages.
Those fickle switches!
Seth Bonnett, of Manchester Elementary and Middle School, sent me this report recently:
Just wanted to share a mishap (fish are doing fine).
I have my tank set up in a new area in my classroom this year. The chiller is sitting to the right of the tank and I didn't realize the power switch was also easily accessible by students. I set up a workstation directly next to the chiller, and on Wednesday of last week a kid must have kicked/bumped the switch. Needless to say, when I checked the tank temp on Friday (we had a snow day on Thursday), I was very confused as to why a large portion of the trout had hatched. I then realized the temp of the tank was at 17 degrees C and found out what had happned. The temp had probably been up for two full days.
Anyway, the trout all seem fine from their warm-up and I have not noticed any issues arising.
Close call! Let this be a lesson to us all. Do everything you can to protect those switches. That includes:
Thanks for the helpful story, Seth.
Joe Mark is Lead Facilitator of Vermont's Trout in the Classroom program.
In June 2012, I retired after 40 years in higher education, having spent the last 32 years of my career as dean at Castleton. One of the first things I volunteered to do in retirement was to work with a parent-friend to help the Dorset School, where his kids and my Vermont grandkids attend, start a TIC program. Gradually that commitment grew into my current role, which is both demanding and highly rewarding.