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  • Uncategorized – Extension in the News
    plant moisture percentage Corn silage harvest will be starting soon but individual farms and fields will experience significant differences in moisture Reuss noted Testing of corn fields for moisture is very important to planning both when to start chopping and what field order to progress through Wisconsin State Farmer Read More Boys and Girls Club and UW Extension Partner to Create Little Scientists This summer the Boys Girls Club is thrilled to be working with the University of Wisconsin Extension Office to provide science based programing for our members From learning how to make butter and bubbles to discovering how to create a new substance using different chemistry compounds this partnership is sure to bring out the little scientists in all of our members this summer Read More The Root of it All Growing plants from collected seed Rhubarb is pretty easy to grow from seed in fact it can become a bit of a pest in the garden if the seed heads are not removed Most people will cut the flowers off or the seed heads if they miss the flowering stage in order to preserve energy in the plant Since the part we eat is the petiole encouraging strong vegetative growth is important If the flowers and seeds are allowed to grow the plant growth can be diminished Read More Horizon appears bright for county broadband initiative According to Art Lersch of the county UW Extension office the initiative was launched in January following a motion from the county board directing Administrative Coordinator Randy Scholz in collaboration with the Administrative and Legislative Committee and UW Extension office to pursue expansion of broadband internet service into the rural reaches of the county Most county board members felt this is a business related measure that will improve economic development throughout county including rural areas Lersch explains Read More Nutrition Bountiful berries offer health benefits You can pick berries in the wild and at berry farms You can purchase fresh picked berries at farmers markets and grocery stores The bounty includes local strawberries raspberries blueberries currants juneberries gooseberries cranberries and blackberries Read More Practice collaborative communication to resolve issues Communication generally doesn t come easily for farm families There s a sense of pride and independence a desire to hold things close to one s chest rather than share There is also a tendency for farm families to avoid conflict to sweep things under the rug rather than deal with them said Roger Williams a mediator with the Wisconsin agriculture department and a University of Wisconsin Madison Extension emeritus professor Read More Why 2015 Should Be Better than 2009 January is the month for forecast and U W Extension and the College of Agriculture on the U W campus will be coming out with theirs next week In looking at a preview of that report dairy prices look like they will be down some six to seven dollars per hundredweight from the record highs of 2014 Read More SBDC at UW

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  • Contact Us – Environmental Education
    Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center N194 County Rd N Wisconsin Dells WI 53965 Phone 608 254 6461 ext 202 Fax 608 253 7140 Email justin hougham ces uwex edu Research Support Staff Alex Nussbaum Research Naturalist Phone 608 254 6461 FAX 608 253 7140 Email alex nussbaum ces uwex edu Taylor Riedl Research Naturalist Phone 608 254 6461 FAX 608 253 7140 Email taylor riedl ces uwex edu Marc Nutter Research Naturalist Phone 608 254 6461 FAX 608 253 7140 Email marc nutter ces uwex edu Sarah Burgess Research Naturalist Phone 608 254 6461 FAX 608 253 7140 Email sarah burgess ces uwex edu Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center N194 County Rd N Wisconsin Dells WI 53965 Phone 608 254 6461 Fax 608 253 7140 Email uphamwoods ces uwex edu University of Wisconsin Extension An EEO AA employer University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and Americans with Disabilities ADA requirements Connect with Us University of Wisconsin Extension Cooperative Extension Home We teach learn lead and serve connecting people with the University of Wisconsin and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities Explore Extension The Learning Store Publications for your life organizations

    Original URL path: http://fyi.uwex.edu/environmentaleducation/contact-us/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Environmental Education – University of Wisconsin-Extension
    exploration of the natural world This site offers new and innovative techniques lesson plans studies and research to help bolster any environmental education curriculum Upcoming Events Please join us for the joint professional development and training event for two of our most popular environmental education lesson plans The Digital Observation Technology Skills DOTS kits and the Value of a Tree VOAT facilitator lesson will be held at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center on Thursday February 18 th from 9 30am 3 30pm For more information about our programs please see the Event Flyer or contact Alex Nussbaum Lead Research Naturalist at Upham Woods alex nussbaum ces uwex edu or phone 608 254 6461 New Video Available Please view our first video on the DOTS Kit How To YouTube Channel The first video available explains how to use the Infrared Thermometer More videos are coming soon so please subscribe to our DOTS Digital Observation Technology Skills channel in order to stay updated as each video is released Learn More about Available Programs Use innovative mobile technology kits to explore collect and share scientific data about your environment Learn about the comparative value of a forest from the perspective of habitat biomass

    Original URL path: http://fyi.uwex.edu/environmentaleducation/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Programs – Environmental Education
    of measurement tools Using digital microscopes remote sensors cameras thermal imagers and trail cameras this program explores hidden environments such as habitats nocturnal wildlife movements microscopic soil features and thermodynamics of living organisms Comparison of microclimates basic understanding of scientific rigor and benefits of technology become easily accessible topics through the course of this program For more information check out the DOTS kits flyer or contact Justin Hougham at justin hougham ces uwex edu to learn more about how your group can be involved in this exciting new program Energy Literacy Program Coming Soon Professional Development Opportunities Upcoming workshops Join us for the joint training event for the Digital Observation Technology Skills DOTS kits and the Value of a Tree VOAT facilitator lesson a great professional development opportunity at Upham Woods This training will take place on Thursday February 18 th from 9 30am 3 30pm What is DOTS DOTS stands for Digital Observation Technology Skills It is an outdoor Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM lesson that uses modern mobile technology tools to connect today s students to the outdoors in new and innovative ways This inquiry based lesson navigates the basics of the scientific method and focuses on the importance of good scientific communication and sharing discoveries with others What is VOAT VOAT stands for The Value of a Tree It is an environmental education lesson geared at introducing students to the concept of renewable fuel sources from biomass Students will learn about where woody biomass originates and how it can be used to create jet fuel Comparisons of the amount of fuel that can be harvested from biomass to the amount of carbon that a tree has sequestered will be made Students will then debate the merits of harvesting the tree for timber and fuel versus leaving

    Original URL path: http://fyi.uwex.edu/environmentaleducation/programs/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Technology Programs – Environmental Education
    the perfect tools for almost any STEM lesson plan The DOTS Kits Contents of the DOTS kits including iPad platform and lesson worksheets The DOTS kits provide unique hands on opportunities for students to explore details of their environment using modern technology tools that help to turn the invisible visible Tools and Student Scientific Roles Navigator GPS unit Global view of project provides direction Media Specialist video digital camera Captures the story to share with others Meteorologist pocket weather meter Studies weather patterns Microbiologist digital microscope Studies the details of the small world Thermal Imager Investigator infrared thermometer and imager Searches for temperature differences in the study area Trail Cameras Motion sensitive trail cams stationed at each waypoint capture animal activity 24 hours a day Study Topics The DOTS kit easily serves many study topics including Scientist roles Citizen science Data analysis Teamwork Microclimate adaptations Topography Seasonality Species dominance competition Design Considerations The tools found inside the DOTS kits were each selected with specific criteria in mind Some of these important tool design considerations include Memory the ability to store and easily transfer the data it collects to other platforms Power powered by removable and interchangeable battery sources Portability small lightweight and cordless Off line does not require internet connectivity to achieve full functionality Dedicated device each tool has a single data role and function Platform neutral tools not tied to a single computer operating system Digital artifact the ability to collect and save data imagery to limit the need to remove material from the field Kit Rental If you or someone you know is interested in renting a DOTS kit please fill out this form DOTS Rental Interest Sheet and return to Justin Hougham at justin hougham ces uwex edu Other Info If you would like to print out

    Original URL path: http://fyi.uwex.edu/environmentaleducation/programs/technology-programs/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) – Environmental Education
    data In addition Media Specialists are responsible for collecting photo and video evidence of each groups scientific story that can then be used to present the results of the study to share with others Budding meterologists collect weather data using DOTS tools The DOTS program lessons and tools are easily scalable to fit into a variety of indoor and outdoor laboratories Creativity and diversity of student interests could make the DOTS technology kits the perfect tools for almost any STEM lesson plan The DOTS Kits Contents of the DOTS kits including iPad platform and lesson worksheets The DOTS kits provide unique hands on opportunities for students to explore details of their environment using modern technology tools that help to turn the invisible visible Tools and Student Scientific Roles Navigator GPS unit Global view of project provides direction Media Specialist video digital camera Captures the story to share with others Meteorologist pocket weather meter Studies weather patterns Microbiologist digital microscope Studies the details of the small world Thermal Imager Investigator infrared thermometer and imager Searches for temperature differences in the study area Trail Cameras Motion sensitive trail cams stationed at each waypoint capture animal activity 24 hours a day Study Topics The DOTS kit easily serves many study topics including Scientist roles Citizen science Data analysis Teamwork Microclimate adaptations Topography Seasonality Species dominance competition Design Considerations The tools found inside the DOTS kits were each selected with specific criteria in mind Some of these important tool design considerations include Memory the ability to store and easily transfer the data it collects to other platforms Power powered by removable and interchangeable battery sources Portability small lightweight and cordless Off line does not require internet connectivity to achieve full functionality Dedicated device each tool has a single data role and function Platform neutral

    Original URL path: http://fyi.uwex.edu/environmentaleducation/programs/technology-programs/dots/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Program Impact and Reach – Environmental Education
    of 2014 and the end of 2015 Programs and kits have gone out to many schools nature centers and even crossed international borders Check out the impact map and program reports below for more details Map of Impact Case Studies and DOTS Program Reports Costa Rica Summer 2015 DOTS On Location DOTS on location in Costa Rica To learn about some of the exciting ways DOTS kits are being used and shared across the globe see Dr Justin Hougham s report below summarizing a recent opportunity to bring DOTS mobile technology kits to a group of Science Educators traveling throughout Costa Rica Costa Rica Trip Report Summer 2015 La Escuela Fratney Milwaukee WI Results of an intimate three month partnership between the DOTS research team and a Milwaukee County 5th grade classroom La Escuela Fratney A Case Study Digging Deeper With Data DDD One semester long integrated science project two central Wisconsin elementary schools unlimited learning potential Digging Deeper with Data A Case Study University of Wisconsin Extension An EEO AA employer University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and Americans with Disabilities ADA requirements Connect with Us University of Wisconsin Extension Cooperative

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  • FAQ & Technology Troubleshooting – Environmental Education
    to use all of the tools that come included with the DOTS kits WiFi Microscope Help Sheet For help refreshing the WiFi connection between the wireless microscope and tablet computer DOTS How To Videos Kintrex Infrared Thermometer More tools coming soon University of Wisconsin Extension An EEO AA employer University of Wisconsin Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and Americans with Disabilities ADA requirements Connect

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