Maine Maritime Museum’s STEM on Merrymeeting Bay Teacher Workshop will give local teachers the tools they need to implement project-based learning in the classroom, using the unique, dynamic qualities of Merrymeeting Bay as their place-based context.
In this two part workshop, we’ll explore techniques for teaching STEM subjects using the natural and human history of this inland delta, the issues currently facing the bay, and man’s responses to those issues. Educators will learn the most effective ways to create project-based curriculum centered on the bay, and gain access to funding to make these plans a reality for their students.
Session One – June 14 & 15 8:30am - 3:30pm
- Overview and techniques of Project-Based learning.Led by facilitator John D’Anieri, we’ll look at the best ways to implement Project Based Learning.
- Building background knowledge of Merrymeeting Bay.
- An overview of the history, environment and current issues concerning Merrymeeting Bay, presented by local experts from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Cathance River Educational Alliance and others.
- Boat cruise to Merrymeeting Bay.
- We’ll get on the water and explore Merrymeeting Bay up close.
- Planning Template exercises in a cooperative environment.
- Participants will work together to develop their own lesson plans under the supervision of the facilitators.
- Sharing and feedback on planning templates.
Session Two – August 21 8:30am - 3:30pm
Attendance at session one required
In the second, one-day session, we delve into hand-on experience on Merrymeeting Bay with trips there by land and water. Teachers will take part in demonstrations of effective STEM lessons and receive introductions to other available resources.
Educators who participate in both sessions will be eligible to receive funding from the museum to bring STEM projects to their students.
Supported by: The Merrymeeting Bay Trust