Vital Signs at the 2015 MSSM STEM Collaborative


Over the last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2015 Maine School of Science and Mathematics STEM Educator Collaborative. I had the chance to work with some great teachers from all over the state and I co-taught a Vital Signs course with Pat Parent.

Educator Survey Data


This past February we sent around a survey to our Vital Signs community and The Maine Science Teachers Association listserv to gauge who is using Vital Signs, how they are using it, and how we can improve the program.

The Browntail moth


This year is shaping up to be a strong one for an invasive species unique to the coastal area of Maine, the Browntail moth. Due to a dry Spring we could be seeing the worst conditions here in a decade with increased Browntail moth populations.

Vital Signs on MPBN Maine Calling


Sarah Kirn, the Education Programs Strategist here at GMRI was recently on the radio program Maine Calling to discuss Citizen Science, including the opportunities here at GMRI such as Vital Signs, Snap-a-Striper, and Maine Jellyfish Tracking. Listen to the archive here on the MPBN website.

Maine State of Learning


The Vital Signs program is proud to be part of the Maine State of Learning (MSOL) pilot project this summer as we look at ways to promote learning opportunities and recognize accomplishments of our students by awarding them digital badges.

Looking Back: Spring 2015 with Vital Signs


Happy Summer!

The sun is out and so is school! We thought we’d take advantage of this lovely day to look back on the spring 2015 field season!

Students and educators across the state took off to their nearby ecosystems and collected some great data!

Hot Topic! Invasive Aquatic Plants


The 4th of July is right around the corner kicking off another beautiful Maine summer. Each summer brings an influx of visitors to the state, reigniting the efforts of courtesy boat inspectors and lake monitors who are all on the look out for invasive aquatic plants. The common means of spreading these invasives is by bringing boats, trailers, fishing gear and other recreational items into this state.

Narraguagus Vital Communities Project


Guest Blog post Helen Sprague and from Narraguagus and Harrington Elementary School students. The original idea for this project was to somehow reach out to the community and get their help in monitoring the environment. At first we thought about a big spaghetti dinner that would include the high school and its feeding grammar schools, but that may have been thinking too big. So, we took it down a notch and had the schools work independently on their own ideas to reach out to the community.

Photo Contest Winners!


First off, a huge thank you to all of those who participated, and you should all pat yourselves on the back for doing such a wonderful job. Focusing on how you are conveying information through a photograph vs. just taking a photo makes a big difference in providing good visual evidence of your observation.

Getting Microscopic in Dedham


Guest blog post by Rhonda Tate My middle school students have been active young scientists this year both in the field and in the lab. I want to share two funny things that happened this winter that both lead back to microscopes... Not just any microscopes -- Foldscopes.

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