Maine's 5th and 6th graders began exploring the interconnections between key species in the Gulf of Maine this September through GMRI's new LabVenture! content, Complex Systems.
The hands-on experience empowers students to investigate the Gulf of Maine and the many systems it comprises, based on recent research by scientists at GMRI, University of Maine, Bowdoin College, Northeastern University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Students take on the roles of scientists and fishermen to discover the connections among cod, lobster, herring, and humans in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. They examine food webs, behavior patterns, and human activities in order to uncover how they are inextricably woven together.
"The launch of Complex Systems realizes the power of GMRI's integrated platform of science, education, and community," said Alan Lishness, GMRI Chief Innovation Officer. "Students are working directly with the latest scientific findings, thanks to research by GMRI and other leading institutions."