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2010 B-WET Projects

  1. Acadia Partners for Science and Learning: A Partnership to Help Teachers Engage Students in Sustained, Project-Oriented Investigations of the American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Gulf of Maine Watersheds -- This project uses citizen science research in Gulf of Maine coastal watersheds to provide students in grades 6-12 with an understanding of the interconnectedness of coastal watershed ecosystems by engaging them in authentic scientific inquiry into the relationship between American eel (Anguilla rostrata) population and habitat use. Professional development will assist teachers with the scientific and pedagogical demands of this work. It builds on the project team's past experience in providing meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) based on research at Acadia National Park. Place-based student research coupled with NOAA's online resources and a Web-based, georeferenced database supports investigation and understanding of watersheds at different geographic scales.
  2. Friends of Casco Bay: Casco Bay Curriculum: A Summer Institute for Bringing the Bay into the Classroom -- The Casco Bay Curriculum is designed to help teachers in the Casco Bay watershed incorporate locally-focused environmental education and meaningful watershed experiences into their classroom activities. The Curriculum's 38 modules and activities meet Maine state learning standards as well as the national Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy. With NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program's support, this project uses the Casco Bay Curriculum as the centerpiece for its Summer Institute for Environmental Education, an intensive professional development course for teachers, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, a leading in-service educational institution. The project will introduce elementary and middle school teachers to the Curriculum through a 5-day course and then provide ongoing one-on-one support to teachers throughout the 2010-2011 school year.
  3. Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR): Finding the Nexus of School, community, and Government in the Watershed -- Building an Integrated Model that Assesses STEM Proficiencies of Students Developed Through 3 Years of Meaningful Watershed Experiences -- Over the 3-yr project period, CSCR and 6 teachers representing Cohasset Middle High School in collaboration with other partners will: engage 200 students in intensive Summer Institute (SI) research projects that address local community concerns at 3 NOAA wetland restoration sites in Cohasset and Scituate, MA; implement Watershed Academy training modules in a "Science After School" format to further strengthen and enrich STEM proficiencies practiced during the Summer Institute; formalize summer program and school year STEM curriculum links by convening and sustaining a Cohasset Middle High School professional development team and; track cohorts of students to articulate and rate the demonstrated STEM proficiencies evidenced in their body of work throughout their Summer Institute and Watershed Academy experiences. Students are challenged to serve as community partners capable of producing scientific work that can meet the rigors of professional review.
  4. SoundWaters: Long Island Sound Watershed Educational Experience -- Over 3 years, this project will engage an estimated 4,050 middle school students (1,350 per year) from an urban school district in meaningful watershed science experiences. The students will become stewards of their local watershed system through hands-on analysis and assessment of water quality in upland and coastal sites within the Long Island Sound watershed. This program reaches all middle school students in investigative activities focusing on observation, data collection and analysis of samples from the local watershed system. The programming is integrated into the school district's instructional program, supporting and amplifying specific 8th grade State standards and is embraced by science coordinators and classroom teachers because it fits in the instructional sequence. The project is enhanced by NOAA personnel and products.
  5. New England Aquarium: Get WET in New England: Ocean Literacy through Watershed Education and Training -- In this project, the New England Aquarium (NEAq) will lead members of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) to provide professional development grounded in Ocean Literacy Principles and address NOAA Education Plan goals. Gundalow Company (NH), BOAT CAMP (MA), NEAq (MA), and Sea Research Foundation, Inc./Mystic Aquarium (CT) will train and support teachers to provide meaningful watershed education experiences for their students. The project will serve at least 50 new middle- and high-school teachers per year during the first two years; 110+ new teachers over 3 years (and through them, approximately 4,700 students). Key personnel and NEOSEC members from existing New England B-WET grantees and NOAA affiliates will serve on an Advisory Panel, ensuring alignment with NOAA priorities and coordination among NE B-WET projects, and opening avenues for joint recruitment and dissemination. Through collaboration, Get WET in New England will generate greater impact than each partner could effect on its own. Participating teachers will benefit from each partner's unique expertise, opportunities to work with peers from other states, and connections with regional marine educator networks.
  6. Education Connection: Project Periphyton -- This project provides participating high school students with a hands-on, river-based field study experience that strengthens awareness of the connections between the rivers they monitor, their watersheds, Long Island Sound and climate change. In addition, the project provides participating teachers with the education, training, equipment, resources and support needed to teach meaningful watershed and climate change education in the field and incorporate this into their classroom curriculum on a long-term on-going basis. Over the 3-year period, up to 600 high school students from 8 high schools will investigate periphyton populations and climate changes along the Pomperaug and Housatonic Rivers, as well as study sediment changes in Long Island Sound over a two-hundred year time period. Through an intensive Summer Teacher Training Institute, 8 high school teachers whose classes participate in the project will be trained to teach watershed and climate change education in the field and embed this curriculum into their science classrooms.