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    Kids in the third and fourth grades in Portland and Vancouver public schools have been studying the area’s bridges for over 50 years. Bridges are… Read More
    Kids in the third and fourth grades in Portland and Vancouver public schools have been studying the area’s bridges for over 50 years. Bridges are a great subject upon which to build a rich curriculum for education, one that can touch on math, engineering science, geography, history, and social studies, among other topics. Throughout the years, however, educators have never had a textbook available that was specific to the region and to the audience of young readers. The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers & Their Teachers is passionate local bridge historian, Sharon Wood Wortman’s solution to this problem. Using engaging imagery and easily navigable text, Big & Awesome aims to become a fun and invaluable resource to enrich the lives of the area’s children. Working as part of a team, I developed a map for the book that illustrated the geographic relationships of the bridges. After realizing that this map worked well in poster format, I determined that we could produce it indepedently of the book, as a double-sided, kid-sized poster, to be used in promoting and fundraising for the project. In addition to working on the book, I developed and managed a crowdfunding campaign that raised $9,139 towards publishing costs. I directed, narrated, and co-edited the campaign pitch video, and wrote copy for the website. To learn more about the book and contribute to the fundraising for its production, please visit: www.bigandawesomebridges.org Read Less
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Kids in the third and fourth grades in Portland and Vancouver public schools have been studying the area’s bridges for over 50 years. Bridges are a great subject upon which to build a rich curriculum for education, one that can touch on math, engineering science, geography, history, and social studies, among other topics. Throughout the years, however, educators have never had a textbook available that was specific to the region and to the audience of young readers.

The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers & Their Teachers is passionate local bridge historian Sharon Wood Wortman’s solution to this problem. Using engaging imagery and easily navigable text, Big & Awesome aims to become a fun and invaluable resource to enrich the lives of the area’s children. Working as part of a team, I developed a map for the book that illustrated the geographic relationships of the bridges. After realizing that this map worked well in poster format, I determined that we could produce it independently of the book, as a double-sided, kid-sized poster, to be used in promoting and fundraising for the project.

In addition to working on the book, I developed and managed a crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $10,000 towards publishing costs. I directed, narrated, and co-edited the campaign pitch video, and wrote copy for the website.

To learn more about the book and contribute to the fundraising for its production, please visit:
www.bigandawesomebridges.org