Morse – Spotlight


As part of GMRI LabVenture experience, 5th graders from Morse took on the role of scientists and conducted their own hands-on research in the Cohen Center for Interactive Learning, our state-of-the-art learning laboratory.

LabVenture exposes young Mainers to authentic science tools and methods of inquiry that are far beyond the reach of most Maine classrooms. Students work in teams to gather evidence about the Gulf of Maine through hands-on and high-tech research.

The students used real NASA satellite data, as well as local fishery data, to explore many of the same questions about the Gulf of Maine that professional research scientists at GMRI are tackling. They did so in a fully renovated Cohen Center for Interactive Learning — a one-of-a-kind lab space housed within the larger GMRI Commercial St. facility. In the Cohen Center, students were able to:

 Measure live lobsters

 Examine plankton under a microscope

 Analyze data displayed on a cutting-edge digital technology platform

They explored questions like, “Why is the Gulf of Maine warming so quickly?” and “What kinds of new species will we see as waters warm?”

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