|Appalachia- Science in the Public Interest
Big Stuff (All Programs)
The Cordwood Cabin:
Outdoor Education Programs Always Need:
Give a Learning Experience
1 Field Trip for 75 Students
Field trip opportunities for rural students are usually far away and cost and/or time prohibitive. ASPI offer south-central-eastern Kentucky students an opportunity to study in the forest. Pre-K students use their sense to explore ecosystems with their senses; middle schoolers collect data on our Solar System Trail and throughout the woods; and high school students collect and analyze river and energy data.
You can see more details about the field trips ASPI offers on our Field Trips page.
Update the Exhibits in the Mary E. Fritsch Nature Center
Create an Exhibit Installation
The Appalachian mountains are among the oldest in the world. The Mary E. Fritsch Nature is planning an installation of how they formed and the unique flora and fauna found in their ecosystems. This is interesting to the general population, but is also a particular subject local teachers want to teach their students in a more hands-on manner.
Sponsor: Food Systems
Create an Educational Opportunity for a High School Student
Provide an Energy Research Internship
ASPI will provide a paid internship for rural youth to learn to grow, preserve, prepare, and market food. Students will learn basic plant biology and local marketing. Students receive an intense hands-on gardening course and produce for their families. In rural areas, summer jobs for high school students are virtually non-existent as are opportunities for activities appropriate for college applications. This internship can be a crucial part of a young person's life.
Increase the Energy Efficiency of ASPI Facilities and Provide Demonstration Technology
Install Solar Tubes and Create a Tech Paper
ASPI is always looking for appropriate technology to design and test, and to provide instruction and insight for anyone wishing to build the technology themselves. In addition, ASPI wants to have the smallest ecological footprint possible. While we are working on our new ceiling, we want to install solar tubes for natural lighting - this will reduce our dependence on electricity - and update an aged and expensive lighting system.