fish hatchery, and bringing back fisheries-related activities for their students. A day was spent in Woods Hole, visiting Kingman Yacht Center, and learning about the unique ways they are managing wastewater. Teachers also visited science laboratories in Woods Hole and witnessed some of the science and engineering practices and the instrumentation involved in studying ocean processes. At Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, they discovered the ways water is filtered in nature. Participants observed and explored vernal pool ecosystems in the region and discovered the possibility of creating a vernal pool living lab at their own school sites.
Throughout the week, we gained experience using the Science and Engineering Practices to create exciting inquiry-based, “hands-on, minds-on”, interdisciplinary STEM investigations for the classroom. Participants engaged with water science to see what makes it important and relevant, especially for coastal regions.
Partners: National Marine Life Center, Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center, Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts Maritime Academy