A recap of our April 2020 school visit.
April 29, 2022
This New Jersey school was happy to bring mycology into the classroom. In April, our Education Lead, Diana, reached out to the teachers and offered to teach their 5th Grade classes about the Wood Wide Web of Mycelia. They were thrilled to have this opportunity.
The teachers were given free mushroom grow kits thanks to our donors at Smallhold. First, the teachers taught a scaffolded version of the introductory lesson in our FF Curriculum. After their mushrooms were fully grown, the students were eager to learn more.
Diana visited the school and taught four fifth grade classes a scaffolded version of the FF curriculum’s lesson,” The Wood Wide Web of Mycelia.” She brought a mushroom grow kit block to investigate during the lesson, thanks to our donors at North Spore. The students were incredibly engaged while they dissected and observed the mycelium inside the block.
Many of the students wanted to learn more about the wonders of fungi, and we are happy to provide resources for that at fungieducation.com. On our survey, one student said, “I want to learn more about the Mycorrhizal Network. It is really interesting and one of the most fascinating things she talked about.” We can’t wait to bring these lessons to more classrooms around the world.
The Fungi Education 2023 Year-End Wrap-Up highlights the Fungi Foundation's accomplishments, including a remarkable surge in course enrollment, the publication of a Spanish curriculum, collaborations with partners like North Spore and Syzygy Science, and impactful outreach efforts in the tri-state area. The program's success is attributed to global support, and the Foundation anticipates continued growth in spreading fungal knowledge.
The 2023 STANYS conference in Syracuse celebrated fungi education with engaging presentations by Diana Richards from the Fungi Foundation. Teachers embraced free resources and received mushroom grow kits, fostering a new appreciation for mycology in classrooms. This marked a milestone in the foundation's mission. Stay tuned for more updates on their educational initiatives.