How are human activities impacting our planet’s climate, water cycle, and the balance and distribution of species and ecosystems? How are scientists investigating these questions in Massachusetts, and what steps are citizens taking to help have a more positive impact? Teachers assessed their own ecological footprints, and considered the most effective ways we can make a difference.
Participants learned how to use data collection and analysis to engage their students and introduce them to scientific research and potential career opportunities. Each day was filled with field studies, “hands-on, minds-on” investigations and discussions aimed to highlight the resiliency of our local habitats. During the course teachers also built and took back to their classrooms research equipment to use during field studies with their students.