Jan Mokros

Executive Director, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Well we've been doing a lot of teacher professional development and we've done it both in Maine and nationally and as some of the new standards come out for content in math and science we've been helping teachers figure out ways that they can align their curriculum, their resources, their programs with where the nation is going in terms of both curriculum standards and also assessment and how do you figure out whether our kids are achieving the standards that the nation has set out for them.

We've developed a curriculum for middle school students that focuses on energy use and started working with GMRI a couple three years ago around the program that is now known as power house. But the goal, of course, is to help kids and their teachers understand how we can monitor electrical use at home, what your own responsibility is for doing that; And for us at MMSA we're very concerned about how kids learn science and math in terms of monitoring energy. In terms of having a place based science education program that is very visible in the community and has such a strong reputation for reaching kids in, you know, marine based programs, as well as now what will now be in the Power House program that's something that we just think is so critical for Maine. There's no science centers for Maine, there's no major science centers, I think it's one of the only states in the country where there's no science centers, and so we need places like GMRI where people can come and they can see what working scientists are doing, what researchers are doing, what educators are doing and so I think that is part of what we really value in having GMRI as a partner, it really plays a unique role here.