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Acadia Learning Snowpack Project (Free + Stipend!)

Free and receive a $350 stipend for attending the institute and participating in the data collection.

Dear Science Teachers

  • Do you want to engage your students in a fully supported scientist-teacher-student partnership?
  • Without overloading your already packed science curriculum, and by making links to key climate literacy content?
  • Without worrying about how you will pay for field equipment?
  • All while helping Maine scientists better understand snow and snowpack?

Join us!

The University of Maine and the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park are offering a scientist-teacher-student research partnership studying snowfall, snowpack and snowmelt through the Acadia Learning program. Our scientist partners are investigating the changing nature of snowpack in our watersheds and across the State. They need data from a wide variety of locations, from any part of the State of Maine. You and your students can be part of the research team.

For the 2014-15 school year, we are looking for a group of nine teachers who will join the project, now in its second year. Your students will be asking their own questions and collecting samples to support their own research; at the same time they will also be collecting samples that will be used by the partnering scientists. While you are supporting the research scientist, Acadia Learning supports you. The Acadia Learning program offers professional development, curriculum materials*, field support, and equipment to participating teachers.

In addition to conducting classroom and field study that meets education standards, the program is intended to strengthen students’ scientific inquiry skills. These include: developing research questions, reasoning, managing and making sense of data, and communicating research results to peers, scientists, and local community members.

  • Curriculum materials have been developed to integrate the project into existing ninth grade Earth science classes. We will work with interested teachers to integrate into other subjects and grades.

The project’s second year will kick off with a Summer Training Institute, August 11-14, 2014 at Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park. Room and Board and a small stipend ($350) are provided. You can apply for the summer institute online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HTR33bvrjBiv1d5nQ0VhZNWNPJev_PxmWwIwn6AFHXs/viewform?usp=send_form

To ask questions about this opportunity, please contact Acadia Learning project staff:

Dr. Sarah Nelson, UMaine sarah.j.nelson@maine.edu,

207-581-3454

Hannah Webber, Schoodic Institute, hwebber@schoodicinstitute.org

207-801-1148

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