If you think kids like testing boundaries, wait ’til you see them testing truths. This history edugame uses the scientific method to reveal the complex nature of the past. Consensus could be raucous. Are you in?!
Everyone’s heard of the Oregon Trail, but have you heard of the Bozeman Trail?
The Bozeman Trail was an illegal short-cut off the Oregon Trail that miners used to access the gold fields of Montana Territory. Today, the Bozeman Trail is an interdisciplinary edugame that invites players to game westward expansion. The result is a live-action storyboard that reveals the complex relationships between Manifest Destiny, all four Wyoming Treaties, and current events like Standing Rock/Dakota Pipeline.This easy-to-play game strengthens classrooms as students race against the clock to design sustainable policy on the Northern Plains into the future. If so, knowledge-based skills to forge a stronger, smarter, more resilient world.
The goal of this campaign is to fund the creation of a feasible prototype. If so, we can begin formal R&D around Wyoming. A feasible prototype aims to be 1) student-worthy, 2) teacher-friendly and 3) standards-based. This includes meeting benchmarks set by Wyoming’s American Indian Education for All, Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social & Emotional Learning.
A thank-you note written on this print of the Tetons, original in watercolor by Jackson Elementary student, 2nd grade
4, 4x6" postcards of iconic Wyoming scenes: Indian Paintbrush; meadowlark; Old Faithful; Devils Tower. Prints of originals in watercolor by Jackson Elementary student, 2nd grade
Join us at the Jackson Hole Historical Society this summer, on the corner of Cache & Gill, for an evening on the Bozeman Trail. The winner of this game? The team(s) others deem trustworthy. Warning: consensus could be raucous. Are you in?!
Over Wyoming. WyomingPBS teamed with an international production team, Skyworks, to fly the peaks and valleys of Wyoming from border to border, recording on video some of the most spectacular sights in North America. The result is an hour-long documentary, narrated by Pete Simpson, that takes you from the grandeur of the Wind River Mountains to the old west remnants of Owen Wister’s Medicine Bow. The documentary is enlivened by the music of national guitar flat-picking champion Jeff Troxell, from Powell.
Washakie: Last Chief of the Shoshone. This documentary, funded in part by the Wyoming State Legislature, features a wealth of historical photographs and artwork, as well as aerial photography shot over the Wind River Indian Reservation. Research was conducted at the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institute and museums throughout the West.
Lived History: The History of the Wind River Virtual Museum. Over the years, pipes, cradle boards, parfleches, and other ancestral artifacts from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming have accumulated in museums, far from their place of origin. 'LIVED HISTORY' documents the creation of a high definition video 'virtual museum' of ancestral artifacts, currently stored in museum collections, for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.
Sponsor a Bozeman Trail play-test in your community.
Enjoy a full day of fly-fishing in/around Jackson Hole with this one boat, two-person trip
Enjoy a full day of fly-fishing in/around Jackson Hole with this two-boat, four person trip
A note of gratitude: PAID: scholar support
At this point YOU’VE made it possible for me to pay TWO professors to strengthen this project (representing Haskell Tribal Nations College, and MSU), plus ONE Journey’s School teacher. This means that not only will the game be stronger and easier to play at next month’s playtest site–Jackson Elementary–but I’ll have performance metrics in hand so we can start collecting data to make the game even better. THANK YOU!
|Campaign Backers||Laramie, WY||May 31, 2018|