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2008 B-WET Projects

  1. New Haven Urban Resources Initiative: Urban Watershed Educators Training (UWET) -- The UWET project trained 29 sixth grade teachers to integrate experiential and locally based watershed lessons into their science curriculums to give students meaningful environmental educational experiences. Teachers were provided with a 5-day training workshop, materials kits and continued support to impart a deep understanding of watershed and ecosystem science to their students, while also meeting state science standards.
  2. National Estuarine Research Reserves in New England: New England Teachers on the Estuary Pilot (TOTE) --The TOTE project is providing three, 3-day, field-based estuarine research teacher training programs at National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) in New England that will serve as a pilot for wider implementation of the program on a national basis (i.e., all NERRs). This program makes direct connections for teachers from the watershed to the estuary to improve teachers’ and ultimately students’ understanding of the environment using examples from the local area.
  3. Quebec-Labrador Foundation: Muscongus Bay Watershed Questing Program -- This 30-month project was designed to engage sixty 4th through 8th grade teachers from 14 schools in learning how to use the development of local Quests as part of their curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and concern about the health of their local Bay ecosystem. Quests are educational-recreational activities that can be played across any geographic area.
  4. Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Vital Venture: Immersing Middle School Learners in Authentic Aquatic Science -- What environmental issues affect the place where you live? Students observe, ask questions, investigate, take action, and deepen their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. GMRI and Maine Sea Grant developed an interdisciplinary watershed education curriculum that engages Maine students in grades 5-8 with a series of locally relevant, issue-based Watershed Experiences that deepen conceptual understanding and connection to place. This curriculum bridges GMRI's two existing programs; LabVenture! (5/6th grade) and Vital Signs (7/8th grade). http://vitalventure.gmri.org/
  5. Project Oceanology: Building New England Connections --Project Oceanology is bridging the gap between the teaching of science and the process of science by providing a 2-day teacher training workshop to facilitate the incorporation of estuarine and watershed concepts into classroom curricula. In addition, a 2-day overnight research project for teachers and students will focus on watershed environments and will include an oceanographic research cruise, and laboratory and field studies.