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Massabesic Middle School's 2nd Invasive Species Forum

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Guest blog post from Pat Parent from Massabesic Middle School.
The Massabesic Middle School Aroostook Team’s 2nd Invasive Species Forum on November 20th was quite the hit. We decided to collect data from visitors to the Forum to get an idea of who is attending. We were also trying to get an idea of how much people knew about invasive species prior to their visit to our Forum and the overall impression of the Forum. The following are some of our findings.

VS student recognized as Student of the Year by MEGAT

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On October 30th the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented (MEGAT) recognized Ben Levesque as the Student of the Year at their annual conference. Ben was recognized in part for his VS work in the Massabesic Middle School invasive species forum.

Hot Topic! European Naiad Confirmed in Maine River

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In late September this year, a local citizen scientist was out monitoring the Salmon Falls River when they found European Naiad (Najas minor). This aquatic invasive plant is no joke; it can easily grow into a whole new plant from tiny pieces that have broken off (which typically occurs in the fall when stems become brittle).

Vital Signs Online Intro Institute

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Vital Signs has been hosting teacher institutes since 2009. We’ve worked with over 300 teachers in that time, supporting them to use Vital Signs (VS) in the classroom, and implement other authentic science learning experiences. We are constantly evolving our professional development offerings to best support teachers and classrooms.

SeDoMoCha Middle School Invasive Species Carnival

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    Guest blog post from Mary Kate Povak from SeDoMoCha Middle School.
    The 7th grade class at SeDoMoCha Middle School spent the last two months of the 2014/2015 school year preparing a special treat for the RSU #68 community thanks to funding from the Vital Communities* Project through Vital Signs.

Vital Signs at the 2015 MSSM STEM Collaborative

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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