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LabVenture! Approach

We designed LabVenture! to give Maine’s 5th and 6th grade students firsthand experience doing the work of scientists.

This immersive experience challenges students to collaboratively solve problems, collect data, reason with evidence, hone their ideas, and reflect on what they have learned. They work on real research questions that our scientists are looking into – questions we don't yet know the answers to.

While many students leave remembering new facts, we are most interested in students leaving with a better idea of what science is, who scientists are, and how there is so much left to be discovered and understood.

Every detail of the LabVenture! experience was designed to engage 5th and 6th graders. From the minute they step on our marine-themed coach bus, students are made to feel important and celebrated. The LabVenture! experience puts students at the center of their learning and inspires them to think of themselves as scientists.