DV-16-23 The Coastal Science Academy

Colleen Haskell
Downeast Institute
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In the Downeast Institute’s Coastal Science Academy, teachers and educators from Washington County learned various methods to engage their students in marine science projects that preserve natural marine and coastal resources. Nine participants made their own sediment sieving boxes and core sampling tools, learned to use these tools, and how to apply the scientific method of inquiry to assess the ability of the soft-shell clam to survive predation in a particular mudflat and to assess the natural settlement of wild juvenile clams/clam spat in a particular mudflat. The project is part of a continuing effort to show teachers and their students how they might engage in learning about the status of their marine resources and how they might be able to help protect those resources.

Sea Grant funds $3,500