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Sixth Graders Visit Gulf Of Maine Research Institute

posted Mar 12, 2015, 11:08 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 12:39 PM ]
Shapleigh School sixth grade students participated this week in a highly engaging lab experience at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland. They worked in small groups at four lab stations to explore the connections between five species in the Gulf of Maine: herring, cod, copepods, lobsters, and humans. Questions students explored included:

How might climate change affect the Gulf of Maine ecosystem?
How are scientists and fishermen working together?
How are cod and lobster populations connected?
Are we farming lobsters?

Groups created hypotheses to answer these questions based on their observations of copepod specimens and live lobsters, their simulation of fishing for lobster, and research data. They learned how to tell female lobsters from males. At each lab station they videotaped their observations and conclusions and can log in to their group's stored videos and other information on GMRI's website,

Thank you to Mr. Cady for providing the test above, and for Mrs. Roy for the pictures.