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spring arrival dates of common bird species and will be able to use their own data to make connections between timing of leafout insect hatching and when bird species are arriving back to the northeast in spring. Over time the data collected from standard locations near the schools combined with Manomets 40-plus years of migratory bird data will likely demonstrate dierences due to sea- sonal and local weather along with underlying responses to the long-term climate. Eventually a Climate Lab web- site will be developed to host the data along with teacher and student resources. To launch the project Manomet and TERC scientists held workshops for middle school math and science educators where they learned how to teach their stu- dents to measure climate change indicators. The teach- ers used this information to set up their own research transects Climate Labs on school grounds or nearby properties. Middle school teachers from three Southeastern Massachusetts school districtsDuxbury Sandwich and Warehamas well as the Rising Tide Charter School in Plymouth were the participants in the Climate Lab program during the 20132014 school year. Thirteen educators received training and over 500 students par- ticipated. For the 20142015 school year the Weymouth MA school district was added increasing the total participants to more than 600 stu- dents and 15 teachers. Manomet and TERC have been working out techniques analyzing preliminary data hold- ing teacher workshops and developing curriculum mate- rials said Lloyd-Evans. TERCs expertise in curriculum development has allowed our vision to take shape and complement the emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching. Brian Drayton the lead ecologist for the TERC Climate Lab team shares The importance of integrating science practice in science learning has long been emphasized in science education. The framework for the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS now re-emphasizes the importance of infusing science learning with the practices of scientic inquiry. This exploratory study will develop and research a novel climate change education partnership among climate change scientists education researchers and middle school practitioners that will engage teachers and students in authentic science. Beth Brazil Manomets Foundation Manager stated that the three-year NSF grant is a huge accomplishment for the Climate Lab project. It will enable Manomet to continue work- ing with the cur- rent schools and then allow us to add more school dis- tricts over the three year grant. In addi- tion two scientic research centers will join the project the Baltimore Long- term Ecological Research LTER and Point Blue Center for Conservation Science Petaluma CA which will help us to engage with many more educa- tors. We believe this will result in even more students connecting with sci- ence and learning more about climate change in their own communities. Looking ahead the ultimate goal for Climate Lab is to build a sustainable model that can be implemented on a national scale. Manomet and TERC are committed to working with educators community organizations and funders to make this dream a reality. Trevor Lloyd-Evans helps students measure leaf growth. As temperatures warm earlier leaves other vegetation and invertebrate larvae emerge earlier. Through Climate Lab students measure leaf growth in spring and in summer after the leaves are fully grown. Over time students will track changes in leaf growth and compare invertebrate larval emergence and the migration timing of birds that eat the larvae. WINTER 2014 MANOMET PARTNERSHIPS 13