Category Archives: CSI-Maine and the School Year

2019 Gouldsboro Data – Part 1 – The Experiments

During 2018 the Gouldsboro shellfish committee and the CSI-Maine project set out “experimental unit” — our “plant pot” experiments — in two coves that were once productive but that are now so overrun by crabs that they are considered to be “dead mud.” This spring, a team of students in the Pathways program at Sumner Memorial High School is analyzing the data so that they can be presented to the shellfish committee and others on March 20.  This is the first in a series of posts that document that work.  We will look both at what the students did and at what the data show about the two sites.  Continue reading

CSI-Maine Over the School Year

Sumner Memorial High School student presenting findings at the Maine Fishermen's Forum, March 2018

Sumner Memorial High School student presenting findings at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 2018

The way that CSI-Maine fits into the school year strongly influenced by the clam lifecycle. Clams grow over the summer, which means that teachers and students set out their experiments in the spring and collect data in the fall. This is a nice fit to the school year in many ways. It provides an opportunity to get the new school year off to a strong start with a highly engaging outdoor activity and gives teachers and students the winter months to analyze data, prepare presentations to shellfish committees and others, and make plans for the next season’s work. But the seasonality and connection to nature also present challenges. For example, good low tides for getting out and doing the work rarely occur just when you want them to. This article discusses strategies for fitting CSI-Maine into the school year.  Continue reading