Since 2011, DEI has been providing experiential, hands-on science and math education to K-12 students, as well as training and assistance to teachers. Participants gain a better understanding of the scientific process through an in-depth immersion in intertidal and rocky shoreline ecology. Our ‘Let’s Find Out’ approach is integrated into qualitative and quantitative activities, providing teachers and their students useful and repeatable methods that can be used in any investigative setting.
Since we began our educational activities in 2011:
– Over 15,000 student and teacher visits have occurred.
– Over 5,000 students have taken part in DEI’s education activities.
– 1,200 educators have received training and assistance.
Results of DEI’s education programs include:
– Increased science in the classroom.
– Improved science & math test scores.
– Workforce development for future marine science professionals.
The future of Maine’s coastal economy rests with students in Maine’s coastal communities, most of whom go through their K-12 years with no exposure to marine science education. Our goal is to give future lobstermen, clammers, aquaculturists and others who will make their livelihood from the ocean an understanding of the ecology of their environment, and the tools to think critically about problems they encounter.
DEI welcomes students of all ages to our facility for field trips and special projects, and we specialize in collaborations, such as Marine Science Days and Coastal Science Academy, with schools and teachers to create hands-on, field-based applied marine research projects for K-12 students.
Our programs encourage students to use the scientific method to further explore their own observations and questions. We develop projects and curriculum that can be performed in any classroom.
Marine Science in Your Community
Marine science learning experiences with our portable touch tank, baby lobsters, or other marine science resources — including supplying DEI’s scientists to assist with school research programs — brought directly to classrooms and community events around Maine.