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Firsthand L
2495 Main Street
(North Buffalo and University District)
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the project

Firsthand Learning resources are used widely with schools, community nonprofits, and environmental organizations. Our goal is to promote the process of scientific inquiry as a vehicle for learning. We anticipate 1,250 students receiving our journals across North America. 

We believe in keeping curiosity alive so students want to learn more and continue with science and STEM based skills. Resources will be distributed across 30 states, including the Buffalo Public Schools, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and Friends of Five Rivers.

the steps

This project will:

  • Donate and offer free journals to organizations that use Firsthand Learning resources
  • Offer a one-to-one match for our Field Journal, Archaeology Journal, Engineering Notebook, and Young Observer's Notebook
  • Support student growth and professional development for inquiry based learning
  • Cross-pollinate ideas through lesson plans and activities with students and educators in the field
  • Provide an additional 1,250 students with our resources

why we're doing it

Funding constraints prevent many organizations from being able to educate students about the world around them. This fundraiser will provide resources that are designed to assist classroom teachers and informal educators as they promote learning from direct experiences. Providing resources that will help students learn to think scientifically is our primary goal of this fundraiser. 


Original Budget 7.29.19:

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $93

$2,813.00 - 1,250 Firsthand Learning Journals allowing students to record observations, write down questions, and reflect upon their investigations. 

$169.00 - Transport of Journals through Freight Delivery 


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