Skewl

Skewl is an interactive installation and performance built by the ETC. Collective for the North Carolina Museum of Art. Participants were invited to join us for classes, play at recess, ride the skewl bus, co-create the yearbook and contribute to the environment of learning.

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Greenhorns Field Journal

Illustration by Ginny Maki
Illustration by Ginny Maki

There’s currently a movement underfoot! A recent groundswell of young farmers are fostering an agricultural movement with farmers who have worked the land for generations. With this underway, our government is recognizing the need for more young farmers and implementing programs to encourage them, while organizations are offering support networks, training opportunities, and resources to help them get started. The Greenhorns and the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project are two examples of such organizations and have joined together to create the Field Journal. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009- 49400-05878.

MycoMap

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Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, providing insulation for buildings, and decomposing organic matter that creates the soil we use and the food we eat. You’ve probably had some mushrooms on your plate, but did you know that mushrooms are used for oil-spill clean-up research, bio-degradable packaging, and immunity defense?

This guide is an introduction to hunting for wild mushrooms. Come along with us and explore the latent potential of the fungi kingdom in New York City! HUNT for mushrooms in the city with the help of this guide. DOWNLOAD more information on fungi and use a real-time mushroom map. CONTRIBUTE your findings through a smartphone or computer at www.networkedorganisms.org.

Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhood residents joined mycologist Gary Lincoff for a mushroom hunt in New Cavalry Cemetary in Queens on Sunday Jun 13th from 1-3pm. Thet say that cemeteries can be the best places to find peace, solitude… and mushrooms. We found out why and learned how to identify and forage for mushrooms in New York City with a group of experts, dabblers and mushroom enthusiasts! We met at the 52nd st station off the 7 train; the tour began at 1pm and was free and open to the public.

This event and publication was created for the Queens Arts Express, an annual spring arts festival is packed with arts exhibitions, festive events, and live performances in public spaces throughout neighborhoods clustered along the 7 train route. The MycoMap project is a collaboration between: Strataspore, the Urban Landscape Lab, Sarah Williams of the Spatial Information Design Lab, Anne Yen Illustrator, Erica Schapiro-Sakashita, and Networked Organisms and their Habitats.

OOZ Learning Guides

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Robotic Geese: Experiential Learning and Exploration, is a K-12 curricula resource inspired by the work of artist Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. Jeremijenko’s project, Ooz, Inc., Zoo Backwards, explores issues of human/animal interaction and includes a component that employs interactive goosing robots as a means for persons to interact, communicate and observe live geese in their natural habitats. This guide is a collection of activities and how-to instructions on how to use this project as inspiration for innovative ways of using environmental education in K-12 classrooms around the country. Looking past the computer, past the chalkboard and instead toward the windows, toward the doors and providing unique opportunities for students to engage in applied, hands-on learning through real-world science, math and language arts. Robotic Geese is meant to serve as a platform for getting you and your students excited about the natural world, science and everything in between. Come and explore with us in the water, on the land and in the sky.

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Feral Robotic Dogs: Environmental Mapping and Exploration, is a K-12 curricula resource inspired by the work of artist Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. Jeremijenko’s project, Feral Robots, an open source robotics project providing resources and support for upgrading robotic dog toys to sniff out environmental contaminants. This guide is a collection of activities and how-to instructions on how to use this project as inspiration for innovative ways of using environmental education in K-12 classrooms around the country. Looking past the computer, past the chalkboard and instead toward built and natural environments to provide unique opportunities for students to engage in applied, hands-on learning through real-world science, math and language arts. Feral Robotic Dogs is meant to serve as a platform for getting you and your students excited about the natural world, science and everything in between. Come and explore with us in the water, on the land and in the sky.