Thought Leadership

Maine's small population, technology infrastructure, and natural resources make it a unique test bed for innovative education. GMRI has been a quiet leader in this arena for 10 years, and we now find that our approaches, credible staff, and strategic partnerships are earning us a place in the national dialogue about 21st century science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

There is growing consensus of the value that authentic, technology-rich learning experiences, like those offered by GMRI, exhibit on STEM learning. And while our primary focus is on Maine students and the development of STEM literacy in the state, our relationships and growing national recognition ideally position us to support the adoption and adaptation of our successful models to other regions. 

We were asked to join the national 100Kin10 initiative this year, and we have assembled a cross section of education, business, legislative, and philanthropic leaders to reimagine a state education system that assures the development STEM-literate students.

Through working groups, publications, and speaking engagements, we shared our best practices and innovative approaches. We were asked to deliver the keynote address at a national meeting about citizen science, contributed to Maine's review of the national Next Generation Science Standards, and served as a thought-provoking voice at conferences and workshops around the country.

Answering the Nation's Call

100Kin10 group asks GMRI to join national effort to develop 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teacher during the next 10 years.

Indigenous Innovation

Alan Lishness, GMRI Chief Innovation Officer, delivers a TEDx talk on the potential for small communities to have global impact.

Citizen Science Keynote

Two Vital Signs team members present a keynote address at the California Academy of Sciences that shares their experiences cultivating citizen science.