CSI-Maine (Community Science Investigations in Maine) grew out of the idea that schools are an essential partner as communities face challenges arising from rapid environmental change. The role of schools is especially important in rural communities where the science and math teachers, their students, and school lab facilities make up an important part of the local capacity to collect and analyze data that the community needs for decision-making.
New! Crowd the Tap Maine
This year, CSI-Maine launched a new program that supports teachers and students as they explore drinking water quality in their community. Using methods developed in the national Crowd the Tap program, students in Crowd the Tap Maine (CTTM) collect data about drinking water quality from homes and buildings all across their community and look for patterns and differences in drinking water quality. This year we are working with eight teachers and about 300 students in six schools in a pilot program as we build the supports for CTTM. We have added two new links in the menu bar at the top of the page to make it easy to learn more about the program and to keep up with the latest posts.
For the past four years, CSI-Maine has been working with the town of Gouldsboro, its shellfish committee, and with schools in RSU 24 in a collaboration aimed at restoring clam flats to productivity. The collaboration has helped three graduating classes of students discover that they like science and can do it and has helped the shellfish committee make better decisions about where to focus is restoration and conservation efforts.
This past year, Schoodic Institute and CSI-Maine helped Gouldsboro obtain support from the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund to build a small-scale facility that we believe will enable the town to bring down the cost of seed clams that are used in restoring flats. Over the next weeks we will have much more to share about this new project.
Crowd the Tap Maine and the Shellfish Resilience work are both off to a strong start this year. You can follow what we are doing by giving us permission to send you periodic updates about progress and new developments. The subscription form is at the bottom of this page on the left.