Our next iSENSE Professional Learning Community meeting will take place on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 PM. At this meeting, we will present information about the upcoming Science of Rivers field trips to the Merrimack River in Lowell MA. We have funding to provide field trips this May and June for your middle and high school environmental science and biology students. Please come to this meeting if you want to bring your students on our field trip!
Thursday, March 27
4:30p – 6:30p
UMass Lowell North Campus, Olsen Hall room 311
1. Dinner and conversation! A catered dinner is provided to all.
2. Review of the "Science of Rivers" iSENSE field trip.
This is a one-day field trip, offered at UML's Bellegarde Boathouse, designed to introduce middle school and high school students to the science of water quality testing.
It's offered in collaboration with the Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) and the National Park Service.
The Science of Rivers field trip includes a boat excursion on the Merrimack River and hands-on water quality testing and data analysis activities at the boathouse using iSENSE.
Representatives from TIHC will explain the field trip activities, as well as the logistics involved in bringing your students on the trip (dates available, boathouse program, and number of students).
3. Review of a classroom data analysis activity that precedes the field trip.
Teachers bringing students on the Science of Rivers field trip will be required to devote at least one class session to a pre-trip activity.
The pre-trip activity should be conducted in a computer lab at your school. It will introduce students to water quality science and data visualization using iSENSE. No software installation is required—just use of a web browser to access iSENSE.
Participants at the March 27 meeting will participate in a draft version of the pre-trip activity.
4. Other ideas for using iSENSE in your classroom. We'll talk as a group about how you can use iSENSE with your students.
Please register now if you can come!