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IOA Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Maggie Wells Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com Last week Indian Valley Academy students Emmett Stoy, Weston Meyers, Morgen Enclerle and Whitney MacIntyre took project-based learning to a whole new level. The IVA students were invited to participate in a "KIDmob" project along with Knowledge is Power San Francisco Bay Academy middle school located in the Western Addition in the City. IVA students provided the leadership, while the younger KIPP students provided ideas and lots of energy. KIDmob, according to its website, "is a mobile, kid-integrated design f Tn. KIDmob workshops use the design process as a beginning curriculum framework on which to build a customized local project." KIDmob is comprised of"a diverse and talented team of designers, architects, contractors, engineers, fabricators, artists, dreamers, doers, creative's, rationalists, and technologists. We are compassionate design educators," according to the website. Tyler Pew, the co-director for'the Bay Area based KIDmob, is originally from Indian Valley. The students were given the task to design a "playscape" -- essentially a sculpture that one could play on -- to be installed at San Francisco's Pier 70. They had to come up with a design to fit a 20-foot by 20-foot space that integrated into the surrounding area. They chose the concept of a shipyard, crane with staggered platforms, each with an age appropriate activity. They chose to go vertical given the space limitations. The students also had to present their ideas and a prototype to three different audiences including a group of educators from Atlanta, owners of businesses in the Emmett Stoy, left, works outside the studio in San Francisco on Weston Meyers gives a piggyback ride to KIPP Academy his group's part of the playscape project, student during a play break in their busy day. area where the playscape is going up and developers. The students worked eight-hour days at the studio and stayed in the Outer Mission, which also provided lifestyle and cultural learning experiences. "Experiences, man. Love 'em," said Stoy with enthusiasm. He said he learned "to be patient with small children," and that he experienced culture shock in realizing how close together the buildings in San Francisco are as compared to Indian Valley. "There are so many noises at night. There's so much diversity too." MacIntyre stated, "Learning to harness the energy of small children was definitely challenge. We also learned how to work with othersand solve problems." She, too, missed the quiet nights of Plumas County. Enclerle said, "Communication was a key issue. We divided into groups and each worked on an aspect of the project and learned if we didn't talk to each other, it wasn't going to work." She said she enjoyed the color aesthetics in the design process. Meyers was "surprised at how smart little kids are. Smarter than you think. They have some really good ideas." All four students expressed how nice it was to come home after the five-day trip to the peace and quiet of the mountains. Stoy commented that "the best part (of the trip) was going out to eat one night in San FrancisCO:" There will be a ribbon cutting for the playscape installation at Pier 70 in January 2016. Whitney Maclntyre, left, works with KIPP Academy student on a prototype of a playscape they designed. Photos submitted Conservation partnership receives award The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and partners from government, education and private industry, including Sierra Pacific Industries, have been recognized for outstanding efforts in wildlife conservation. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative presented its Leadership in Conservation Award to a partnership consisting of CDFW, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina State University and SPI at its annual conference in Squaw Val!ey W dnesday, Oct. 7i: ~ ..... ....... :~ The award is for the partuership's work related to the fisher, a large member of the weasel family that ranges from California to British Columbia, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Researchers are working to better understand fisher habitat and to restore the animals to some areas where they were historically found. "It's wonderful to have CDFW scientists and staff recognized on a national level for their dedication and hard work protecting a precious s te resource," said Nell M nji, Manager of CDFW's Northern Region. "We thank SH for the award and look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the coming years." Because of declining habitat and population losses, fishers in Oregon, Washington and California are proposed for federal listing as a threatened species. Recently, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. Beginning in 2009, 40 fishers were captured on public and private timberlands in northwestern California and released onto Sierra Pacific Industries' Stirling Management Area, east of Chico. The released fishers and their offspring have been studied since that tim results indicate that a small population was successfully established. The restoration of fishers to this area has strengthened the population of fishers in northern California by expanding their range. It has also created a unique opportunity to study fishers on a landscape managed for multiple objectives including wildlife habitat, ecosystem services and forest products. 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