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Mobile Learning Lab
Education is at the heart of Crow Canyon’s mission. Your support over the years has helped us connect learners of all ages to the deep history of southwestern Colorado. Our hands-on approach builds a sensory connection to the past and fosters a sense of reverence and respect for Indigenous cultures. Students come alive when they discover the beauty of a pottery sherd, smell a sage branch, or learn to throw an atlatl.
The last two years have challenged our educators to develop new and innovative ways to reach students who are no longer able to come to the Crow Canyon campus. Even with the waning of the pandemic, there are many rural, underserved, and tribal schools that are unable to travel due to cost, time, family responsibilities of the teachers and students, and school regulations.
In response to this need to bring the Crow Canyon experience to learners in their home communities, we are asking for your support in retrofitting a Crow Canyon van into a Mobile Learning Lab. Seats will be replaced with interior spaces for activities, displays, and “hotspot” Wi-Fi connections. Exterior spaces, protected from the weather by vinyl awnings, will be easily set-up with videos, inquiry lessons, and interactive activities. Exterior spaces, protected from the weather by vinyl awnings, will be easily set-up with videos, inquiry lessons, interactive activities, displays, and “hotspot” Wi-Fi connections.
Please donate today! Your support of the Mobile Learning Lab will:
- Bring experiential learning opportunities to students in their home communities.
- Make the human past accessible and relevant to students in rural and tribal communities.
- Engage students with interactive activities, using hotspot Wi-Fi connections.
- Provide opportunities for Indigenous teachers to share their knowledge of traditional languages, cultural traditions, and oral history at locations close to their home communities.
- Provide a diverse set of indoor and outdoor educational opportunities that embrace the different learning styles of K–12 students.
In addition to schools, the Mobile Learning Lab will travel to student career fairs, conferences, county fairs, farmer’s markets, and libraries, building awareness of Crow Canyon’s mission and inspiring students of all ages to learn about the value of Indigenous cultures – past and present.
“It is rewarding to see students go on to pursue advanced education, particularly in archaeology, as a result of their experiences with us. I think of Alex, an at-risk teen we worked with recently, who had decided not to apply to college. After he participated in one of our programs, he decided that college was worth a second look. He was able to visualize the benefits of furthering his education beyond high school.” —Tyson Hughes, Education Manager
Your gift to the Crow Canyon Annual Fund supports groundbreaking archaeological research, transformational education programs, and mutually beneficial partnerships with American Indians.
Find out more! View the video and read about goals and accomplishments in Crow Canyon’s most-recent annual report.
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