Workshop 04

Tuesday, May 5:  2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Workshop Description: Vital Signs – Developing Student Understanding and Application of Inquiry using GIS technology to Monitor Invasive Species

The Maine Department of Education and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will share information about a project that engages students in authentic data collection and analysis.  The invasive species data collected in this project will be shared with local and State monitoring efforts by using GIS tools to collect invasive species data.  The presentation will describe the data collected by teachers who are in the first cohort group of the project.  Some time will be spent describing the summer professional development opportunities offered to teachers. The project focuses on strengthening understanding of and confidence with the data collection techniques and GIS tools, connecting the data collection with appropriate ecology concepts and embedding the research base on effective science teaching, as described in the National Academy of Science publication, Ready, Set, Science!

Workshop Presenters: Anita Bernhardt and Sarah Kirn

Sarah Kirn is the Vital Signs Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Prior to her work at GMRI, she lead sailing courses for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and completed a masters degree in oceanography at the University of Maine. Anita Bernhardt is the Science and Technology Specialist for the Maine Department of Education. Prior to coming to the Maine DOE Anita taught science at the middle school level in New York state and here in Maine for 23 years. 

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