Students to visit marine laboratory


PORTLAND – The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a marine research and education organization that develops knowledge and public understanding of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, has announced that sixth-grade students from Hebron Station and Madison Avenue Elementary Schools in Oxford will visit its facility to participate in LabVenture!, an interactive learning program to immerse Maine students in marine science.

The students will be at the institute from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24.

Fifth- or sixth-graders from every community in Maine will have the opportunity to participate in the free program.

The Sam L. Cohen Center for Interactive Learning is designed to make science more accessible to the public. It features LabVenture!, which uses technology to engage middle school students in a 2 hour, hands-on learning experience that includes a multimedia group presentation along with free standing digital kiosks that guide students through a series of research activities.

After their visit, students can retrieve a digital online scrapbook that includes microscope images, team photos and video research reports created during their visit. Teachers will have access to a free online library of standards-aligned learning activities that makes it possible to integrate up to a full year of marine science into their lesson plans.