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Vital Signs and REU Program

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Academic Level:
K-8 Students
High School Students
K-12 Educators

Vital Signs is a dynamic community of students, educators, professional scientists, and citizen scientists working together to collect, analyze, and share critical environmental information about freshwater, coastal, and upland habitats across Maine. We are learners, researchers, observers, collectors, thinkers, doers, creators, and communicators of all types motivated to address the problem of invasive species in Maine.

Maine's unique one-to-one statewide computing network connects all teachers and students 7th and 8th grade to the Vital Signs community. Students use inquiry, peer review, and scientific tools to investigate a genuine and compelling research question. Social networking tools facilitate a fluid exchange of knowledge between novice and expert in a way that transforms the students' relationship with science from distant spectator to thoughtful participant.

Furthermore Vital Signs encourages and supports teachers as they incorporate into their pedagogy inquiry-based methodologies that foster critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, communication, and playful collaboration.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Gulf of Maine Research Institute (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Natural Resources

Climate Change
Community Ecology
Forest Ecology
Freshwater Biology
Invasive Plants
Invasive Species
Marine Ecology

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Page last updated 10/29/2019
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