Plymouth State’s Center for the Environment is hosting a statewide teacher institute in association with the LoVoTECS research project on August 5 & 6. The focus of the workshop will be to engage teachers in the process of using data collected by the research team in developing curriculum for use in their middle school and high school classrooms. Approximately 25 teachers will be attending, representing schools from across the state. Participants will take part in opportunities to analyze and manipulate datasets collected by LoVoTECS aquatic sensors, think about research questions that they or their students could develop around project data, and create curriculum to put into practice these ideas once they return to their classes in the fall. Approximately half of the teachers taking part in the institute currently act as volunteers water monitors, maintaining sets of sensors in their own locales, while the other half will be new to the project and learning more about the overall research initiative. The institute is coordinated by Doug Earick.
This workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, is part of NH EPSCoR’s statewide Ecosystems and Society project. Researchers are studying the environment in an effort to support better management of the state’s natural resources, so that population growth and development proceed in a sustainable fashion, without threatening the quality of life that makes New Hampshire a desirable place to live and visit. The mission of NH EPSCoR is to broaden and strengthen New Hampshire’s research capacity and competitiveness through research, education and economic development. It’s critical for the state to broaden and diversify the capacity to conduct research; to support business, industry and society with a workforce educated in science, engineering and mathematics; and to improve communication between scientists and the public.