On February 10th, 2012 Lindsey had the pleasure of presenting to two middle school science classes- one 7th and one 8th grade class. The presentation featured 3 parts- a refresher on basic Geological concepts, what it is like to do science in college (lots of exciting opportunities!) and the canoe trip/water quality study. This was a very fun presentation for Lindsey to give and, in addition to a powerpoint, there were rocks, Lindsey's paddle, a "Medical Geology" textbook, the original trip sponsorship packet and other props passed around. If you are a teacher in the twin cities area, Lindsey (and if Luke is available) would love to share her love of science and paddling in an educational format fitting to your classes' needs.
Only eight days after landing home from a summer of paddling, Lindsey boarded a flight for a four month study abroad program in West Africa. During her absence, little progress was made on "trip goals." Now home for the semester, the Canadian Waters Research Expedition is back in full swing. Here are our major updates, but feel free to browse the website, we will continue to update it-we have many photos and anecdotes to share.
1). The water quality study was presented at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Logan, Utah during the week of May 18th, 2011.
2). The Far North Symposium invited us to speak about the trip- from paddling to science- and Luke presented at the Symposium to a crowd of 300 paddler enthusiasts.
3). In March of 2011, Luke received a Young Scholars Grant through the University of St. Thomas. The grant provides $4,000 funding for work on the water quality project.
4). A presentation featuring the Canadian Waters Expedition and Lucas Will of The Superior Dream (www.SuperiorDream.com) expedition will occur at the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus on Thursday, May 5th. The event is open to all, free of charge. Refreshments will begin being served at 6:30pm, speaking will start at 7pm. The presentation will consist of Lucas Will sharing his trip experience and updates, followed by Lindsey and Luke sharing their trip and progress on the water quality study. The building for the campus is called Owens Science Hall, room 150 (also called the "3M Auditorium").
5). The Sun Newspapers published an article on April 15th, 2011 detailing some highlights of the trip and current work. Here is the link to the online version: http://mnsun.com/articles/2011/04/15/headlines/fw_av_fr14canoetrip.txt
Lindsey and Luke continue to seek ways to get the word out on their experience-whether it be via community press, presentations/talks, sharing in the science or paddling communities, or meeting with others who are planning trips of their own. Please contact them if you or your organization has interest in their story.