March Madness

March was a busy month for Vital Signs and the GMRI education staff! Here is just some of the madness we were up to:

On Friday, March 2 Christine attended the 13th Annual Maine Milfoil Summit. The Summit brought together 150 engaged volunteers, citizen scientists, managers, and scientists to share their energy and passion for keeping Maine’s freshwater bodies free of invasive milfoil. You can help them in their efforts. Check out the Field Mission!

Christine attended the Maine Water Conference on Wednesday, March 14. It was exciting to support Cathy Bevier, Maggie Shannon, Ruthie Hawley, and Jake Lukach as they shared the work that they have been doing with Vital Signs in the Belgrade Lakes Region. You can read more about what they’ve been up to in the most recent GMRI newsletter.

GMRI’s Education staff was well represented at the Maine STEM Summit on Tuesday, March 20. Our very own Sarah K. was one of the morning speakers giving a talk called, “The Resonance Among Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and Student Success” with Anne Gauthier, Manager Public Affairs, Texas Instruments. Learn more about the STEM Summit at the GMRI blog.

On Friday, March 23 Christine got to spend more time with passionate, engaged, and knowledgeable volunteers and citizen scientists at the Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program (VLMP) Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) Leader’s Roundtable in Auburn. It was another inspiring day. The Maine VLMP website has ways that you can get involved, or jump right into Mission: 11 most unwanted.

On Saturday, March 31, Meredyth, Justine, Christine, Sue P., and Sarah Mo enjoyed a fun and exciting day at EdCampME hosted by Waynflete School, in Portland. EdCampME follows an unconference model meaning that the participants create the schedule based on their areas of expertise, interests, and questions. In the first session Sarah Mo teamed up with Dave Munson from Project Noah to present to an enthusiastic group on technology-enabled citizen science in the classroom. In another session Sarah Mo learned to make a QR code. Are you using QR codes in your teaching? We think they’re pretty cool.

In the midst of all this activity, and all these adventures, Sarah Mo was also busy documenting Vital Signs’ professional development for publication. You will soon be able to read all about it!

And coming up in April? The Vital Signs Introductory Institute with the help of 3 educator leaders!