Student Experiences

Through highly engaging technology and locally rooted content, GMRI's education programs engage students with the excitement and relevance of science.

Over the last six years, we have brought more than 68,000 of Maine's 5th and 6th grade students to our working lab for the high-impact, hands-on LabVenture! program. This summer, we launched Complex Systems, an entirely new set of content that examines the many layers of connections in the Gulf of Maine. By connecting scientific discovery to the region's ecosystem and the issues that impact their local communities, we defined science as something that is both exciting and personally relevant.

Our Vital Signs program provided Maine's 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers with an opportunity to deepen and extend their science learning. They connected with a community of peers, professional scientists, and concerned citizens as they investigated, mapped, and monitored for invasive species across Maine. This year we made a variety of improvements to our online learning environment and experimented with ways to extend Vital Signs into informal settings by training master gardeners, watershed associations, and mentors for out-of-school youth programs.

We also continued to develop the latest extension of our programming for 7th  and 8th grade students, PowerHouse, which will launch next year and enable students to examine and interact with their household energy usage data.

Complex Systems

New LabVenture! content launches Maine middle school students on an exploration of the complex connections in the Gulf of Maine.

In Their Own Words

Fifth graders from Woolwich Central School and Phippsburg Elementary School document their LabVenture! experience.

On the Hunt for Rock Snot

A Dedham student documents his school's Vital Signs mission in search the invasive Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as rock snot.

Cultivating Science Literacy

GMRI's Chief Innovation Officer discusses the development of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.