Opportunities For Youth
In-Person LabVenture Programs
Request a visit to our LabVenture Program for your 5th or 6th grade classrooms at LabVenture.gmri.org
Professional Learning Opportunities
GMRI Educator Learning Lab
Sign up for the GMRI Educator Learning Lab this August and join educators from across Maine and New Hampshire to explore programs that support STEM inquiry related to climate change and local ecology. Participants can choose to engage in either the LabVenture strand or the Local Ecosystems strand and can join us for one, two, or all three days. This event is FREE, but space is limited so register now!
Where: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine
When: Tuesday, August 16th – Thursday, August 18th (Participate for one, two, or all three days)
- Local Ecosystems Strand is open to Maine and New Hampshire teachers in grades 5–12
- The LabVenture strand is limited to 5–6 grade Maine teachers
- The Early Career Teacher Cohort. In your first five years of teaching? Join this cohort to be supported by mentor teachers, two additional meet ups throughout the fall, and an additional stipend.Connected Learning Ecosystems
Workshop days will run tentatively from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with $75/day stipends, mileage reimbursements, and accommodations in Portland for those traveling an hour or more.
Learn more and register at: https://gmri.org/events/gmri-educator-learning-lab/
Connected Learning Ecosystems
Are you a librarian, after school educator, museum or nature center educator, 4-H staff or volunteer, or classroom teacher looking to deepen your STEM programming and offerings?
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), 4-H, Maine State Libraries, Wabanaki Youth in Science, and Gateway Community Services, with funding from NASA, are looking to grow and support Connected Learning Ecosystems (CLE) across Maine. CLEs will be a space for communities of educators and learning facilitators to work together to build a climate and data literate generation, with the knowledge and skills needed to address the challenges that face us!
CLE members will work together to enhance their own understanding of climate, data, and a range of STEM skills and knowledge that kids need. This community will work together to engage kids all over Maine in place-based, locally relevant investigations of ecosystems and climate change, connecting formal and informal learning spaces. Educators across all these spaces have so much to share with one another in support of their own professional learning and the learning of the youth they work with. All the project partners are excited to help forge new connections.
The project team will offer a range of events and opportunities for educator networking and professional learning. In addition, CLE members will be supported to devise events and regular meeting structures based on community member needs and interest. Early conversations will focus on meet-up and professional learning needs and interests of the group.
- A small participation stipend
- Reimbursement for mileage to in-person events
- Connections with regional and statewide communities of peers working together to enhance STEM learning for Maine Youth
- Connections with supportive and engaged project team that includes staff from institutions from Maine to California
Express interest in being part of a CLE HERE.
If you have any questions, email Molly at [email protected]
Self-Paced Professional Learning Opportunities:
LabVenture Professional Learning Module:
Educators build knowledge of climate and ecosystem change and the components of data and science inquiry that help us investigate those changes through a four part module (each part will take 60-90 minutes). This work features local datasets that add to the story of climate driven ecosystem change in the Gulf of Maine and connects these local stories to global patterns. Check out the module here.