Join the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Vital Signs Community!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Vital Signs

Imagine your students…

  • Actively participating in research alongside scientists, citizens, students, and educators from York to Madawaska, Stratton to Baileyville.
  • Supporting their claims with great evidence like this student from Dedham Middle School.
  • Going outside to collect critical data about local ecosystems like these students from SeDoMoCha Middle School.
  • Asking scientific questions like these students from Wells Elementary.
  • Sharing their learning like students from Massabesic Middle School.

If this excites you, check out our summer and fall opportunities, including introductory opportunities, and opportunities below for going deeper with Vital Signs.

Photo Credit C_Lambert

Vital Signs at MSSM STEM Educators Camp
Limestone, ME
August 2 - August 7, 2015

Educator Leader Pat Parent will be teaching this course along with the help of VS team. We will explore the VS website and get involved in field work by contributing to ongoing local studies of giant knotweed, Japanese knotweed, and purple loosestrife near the MSSM campus. We will collect original data and photo evidence, organize and analyze it, and submit this information to the Vital Signs website to add to our ongoing summer MSSM Vital Signs investigations.

See the MSSM STEM Educator Camp website for details on the camp and to register.

Vital Signs Online Intro Institute
Online. Can be done from wherever you are this summer!
August 3 - August 21, 2015

Connect with the VS team, VS educator leaders, and other new VS teachers as you explore the program and how to engage your students in citizen science. Over the course of 3 weeks, averaging 2-3 hours of work each week, you’ll use our website resources, collect and contribute observations to a Field Mission of interest, and reflect on how you will implement and support this type of learning in your classroom.

Participation includes contact hours and a $75 stipend upon completion, as well as access to our equipment lending library.
Complete this form to register.

Vital Signs Next Steps - Vital Communities
Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME
September 11, 2015

Over the past year the VS team and partner teachers have been developing and testing curriculum around bringing students’ VS learning into their communities. Through the Vital Communities curriculum students will use a service learning approach to develop solutions that educate and engage their larger community in invasive species monitoring. We will spend the day together using the new curriculum materials, and planning how to implement it in the classroom. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged where at least on team member has had an introductory VS experience and/or some experience implementing VS in the classroom.

Participation includes contact hours, substitute pay reimbursement, mileage reimbursement, and housing for those traveling more than 2 hours in each direction (to ensure housing will be available, please register ASAP). Complete this form to register.

Vital Signs Next Steps - Data Investigations
Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME
September 25, 2015

This fall we are launching new curriculum materials to help support students in doing data analysis and data investigations with Vital Signs. We encourage math-science teams to join us to learn more about working with real, student-collected, environmental data to answer scientific questions, incorporating both NGSS and math Common Core standards into your classroom. Given our short day together, this workshop will assume that participants and teams have experience collecting and posting observations to the VS website with students.

Participation includes contact hours, substitute pay reimbursement, mileage reimbursement, and housing for those traveling more than 2 hours in each direction (to ensure housing will be available, please register ASAP). Complete this form to register.

If you have any questions, please email christine@gmri.org



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