A number of the participants in Round 2 of the #SciFund Challenge wanted to develop some type of durable token to reflect participation in this event. Anjel Craig, IGERT Fellow and PhD Student at Northern Arizona University, suggested that we create a custom PathTag design to represent the event.
PathTags are durable mini-coins used in Geocaching, as one type of “trackable” that can be traded, moved between cache sites and their movements optionally tracked through unique ID codes logged into the geocaching registry. Many of our local Scouts seeking their Geocaching Merit Badge have found trackables including PathTags during the Texas State Parks geocaching challenge this past year.
Reflecting the shared community of #SciFund researchers, several designs were presented and the group decided the PathTag’s form. Because PathTags are slightly smaller and thicker than a US “Quarter” with a small hole, they make excellent keychain fobs but are limited in the space for detail. Our #SciFund participants created this final design through collaborative incremental changes rather than simply through direct competition, again speaking to the amazing sense of community that pervaded the entire effort.
I decided to obtain a number of these tags and my PathTags are now in! I am sending out emails to my supporters for both #SciFund Round 2 projects, requesting their mailing address to send #SciFund Round 2 PathTags in thanks for their support of my research (RocketHub only provides the Fueler’s name and email address to Project Launchers).
All together, our Fuelers provided more than $175,000 to fund research in the first two rounds of the #SciFund Challenge. You are all simply magnificent and wonderful people, and I hope you will continue to follow your sponsored research as the Challenge participants put your gifts to good use!