About the Climate Lab

Many schools have access to small green areas that can be used for long-term climate research. The Climate Lab program will utilize these spaces in conjunction with Manomet’s 45 plus years of songbird migration data and in-class lesson plans developed by TERC to create a framework for getting students involved in climate science. The goal is not only for us to give participating students and teachers an opportunity to learn from and work with real scientists, but to also have student data that contribute to a nation-wide citizen science database.

 

After a successful pilot of the program in 2013, we have now trained over 20 teachers in four school districts – Duxbury, Sandwich, Wareham and Weymouth, MA. The Climate Lab was recently granted funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow us to continue implementing the program on a small scale and evaluate student and teacher responses. These responses will be used to modify the curriculum and field techniques with the goal of taking the Climate Lab program to national scale within three years.

 

 

 

 

Components of the Climate Lab Model:

  • Curriculum materials (in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards)
  • Teacher professional development courses to be held at Manomet and eventually conducted online
  • Hands-on experiences at the Manomet bird banding laboratory in Plymouth, MA, or by Skype for schools unable to travel to Manomet’s campus
  • Classroom assistance from scientists throughout the school year, including establishing on-site transects. As the program grows Manomet will engage science organizations to help with out-of-state schools
  • The development of an interactive website which will support data reporting and analysis, discussions and other collaborative exchanges for participants.

 

This will support a fruitful linkage between current science research, citizen science participation and the demands of the modern science classroom.

 

Expected Student Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of local natural systems, including habitats and their associated species
  • Better understanding of climate change and scientific indicators used to estimate the local impacts of a changing climate
  • First-hand collection of scientific data and better understanding of how long-term databases are key resources in studying ecological change
  • Hands-on use of field equipment
  • One-on-one interaction with scientists in the field.