VS Advanced Training - Worth the Trip!

    Special blog post from educator kkeliehor!

    I recently attended the teacher/educator advanced training to get kids engaged in science and to become citizen scientists. Being both a 4-H leader as well as a homeschooling mom involved in several co-ops, I found the training to be invaluable.

Spring 2011 Action

The spring 2011 field season has come to a close. Here's a list of where the VS action was! One interesting note: there were fewer educators and students participating this spring than in the fall, but they covered way more ground!

Students looked for species in these towns:

And the winner is...

We had 44 surveys completed for our Equipment Use inquiry last week. Thank you so much for your rapid and helpful responses! We'll be using them to streamline our new Lending Library. More on that soon.

The lucky winner of the GPS drawing is.....

Social Networking and Science Education

    Social Networking sites are powerful tools for change. To see the evidence that supports my claim, go to the New York Times website and do a search using the key words, “Social networking protests.” Articles about current and recent events in Libya, China, Egypt, Tunisia, North Korea and Iran fill your screen-- individuals and groups utilizing blogs, Facebook and Twitter to create spaces for ideas to form and evolve, to share ideas and to put ideas into action. According to the Huffington Post an Egyptian man recently named his daughter "Facebook" in honor of the role that the social networking site had on events there.

CSIC Teacher Training at Schoodic Point

    More on our shortest training to date!

    Last weekend, we conducted Vital Signs’ shortest training ever – seven teachers and we spent just 24 hours together! This training was the official kick-off of the dissemination phase of Citizen Science In Classrooms, a collaborative project of the Augusta Schools, GMRI, and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A Series of Fortunate Events

    My name is Christine Voyer, and I am the new Vital Signs Community Specialist. What a great community in which to be specializing!

    I want to tell you about some of the unexpected events, from wading through tide pools to studying amphibians, that brought me to the Vital Signs community.

Statistics and science literacy

A special guest post by Christine Voyer.

I have to say I love Facebook. It’s a great tool for planning outings, finding good books to read and movies to see, and getting to know what my friends and colleagues think about the world. I recently decided to utilize my Facebook account to solicit the thoughts of the amazing group of scientists that I have been lucky enough to get to know over the years.

It's Vital Signs time in Augusta

    Guy Meader - grade 7 science and math teacher extraordinaire in Augusta - reflects candidly on his rookie year with Vital Signs. Guy is an enthusiastic member of our 2010 Citizen Science in Classrooms cohort that implemented the Population change over time unit of study.

Student drivers, watch out!

    Here's the first "blog entry" submitted to the VS Project Bank by a Vital Signs participant! That someone is Madawaska middle school teacher Linda McDermott. Check out the blog entry she wrote about her own experience letting go and enabling student-driven investigations.... Go Linda!

Third time's a charm!

    Our Falmouth teacher team has been with us since our earliest dreaming and testing days. They've stuck with it and have evolved and deepened their students' Vital Signs experience over three years. They're setting high expectations, connecting with citizen scientists, and letting peer learning happen. Students are churning out incredible observations. Here's an update straight from the team:
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