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Vermont EPSCoR: Research on Adaaptation to Climate Change- Research Experience for Middle Level Teachers


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Academic Level:
K-12 Educators

Description:
A team of researchers statewide is investigating adaptation to climate change in the Lake Champlain Basin and integrating the interactions of climate, environment, and society.

Research can be a powerful way for teachers to enhance science content and pedagogy. The goal of the VT EPSCoR CWDD middle level outreach program is to expose middle level teachers and students to scientific research. We can provide a connection to active research in a variety of ways:

1. CONNECT TEACHERS WITH RESEARCH

The Research on Adaptation to Climate Change program has a large and broad network of researchers available to mentor teachers interested in increasing their content knowledge through research. We work with social scientists, lake ecologists, watershed hydrologists, community ecologists, biogeochemists, geographers, and climatologists, to name just a few. Browse the RACC People page to see each research faculty's area of expertise.2. RESEARCH TRIPS ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN

Visit the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) buoy in Missisquoi Bay to learn about research on algal blooms, water quality issues, and lake hydrodynamics conducted by RACC researchers! Experiencing research can spark new ideas for project-based learning activities and curriculum connections, and/or simply reinvigorate teachers by getting them out into the field. Full-day boat trips are scheduled for Wednesdays throughout the summer – trips are dependent on the wind. Contact the CWDD for more information and to schedule a trip on Lake Champlain. When: Schedule varies (dependent on weather conditions), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Where: Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain (meet by waterfront in Burlington or at the boat launch in Swanton, VT)

Cost: Free (bring your own lunch), mileage reimbursement optional 3. MACROINVERTEBRATE WORKSHOPS

Join us for a day of learning about macroinvertebrate communities in Vermont streams. Involving students in sampling and identifying macroinvertebrate communities is a terrific place-based, hands-on approach to teaching standards addressing earth systems, ecology, human activities and impacts on natural resources, biodiversity, and environmental change. Workshop participants will create a page for their own stream site on the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project WikiEducator page, which because of the Wiki nature of the site, can be adjusted by the educator in the future as needed. When: December 8, 2015 from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Where: Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT(Cheray Science Hall)

Cost: Free (lunch included), mileage reimbursement optional

Kits: Kits of materials may be borrowed for free by teachers Macroinvertebrate Workshop Flyer4. OUTREACH MODULES/CLASSROOM VISITS

We have a variety of outreach modules we can offer to your classroom that will expose students to current scientific research in Vermont, and connect middle level teachers to mentors in the university research community. This exposure helps to increase science literacy and provide student insight into possible careers in science. Click here for a few of our ideas, or let us know your ideas for classroom visits that would connect with your units!


Participating Institution(s):
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University of Vermont (Lead)

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


Page last updated 2/1/2017
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