The objective of the SPOT GEN3 is to provide an extra safety measure for all students participating in backcountry hiking excursions. The SPOT GEN3 gives you critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of cell service. It can send an alert that you are ok, or if the worst should happen, sends emergency responders to your GPS location - all with the push of a button.
Backcountry hiking excursions are part of the Expeditionary Learning program and curriculum. Students learn to be adventurous and have strength. The SPOT ensures that students hiking or doing activities in the backcountry, where there is no cell service, are safe if something were to happen.
Success will be achieved by bringing this tool on our backcountry hiking, which we do multiple times throughout the school year. I recently took my students to the Sierra Buttes for fieldwork. There is no cell reception in the area. One of my students hurt his ankle and hiked back with a parent. They were more than an hour behind us. I was unsure if he was even able to walk out, and a snowstorm was passing over us. We ended up finding some Wilderness Fire Responders to meet me at the trailhead. Luckily my student and the parent ended up finishing the hike as soon as the responders arrived. However, if something did ever happen while students are out on a hike without cell reception, it would be a huge safety benefit to have the SPOT just in case a child needed immediate attention. This could be due to an injury, an asthma attack, allergic reaction, etc.
It would be implemented immediately and brought on all upcoming backcountry hiking excursions by SELS students.
Yes, this will be used by all SELS students participating in backcountry excursions.
If I don't get funded, I could apply to the spring SELS PCT grant cycle, but then we couldn't use the SPOT Gen until next year.