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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - SciREN - Scientific Research & Educator Network

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

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SciREN - The Scientific Research and Education Network

The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) is a non-profit organization that creates connections between educators and STEM researchers. Founded and led by graduate students in North Carolina, the network’s aim is to make current research available and accessible to K-12 educators in order to enhance science literacy. To accomplish this, SciREN supports scientists in developing research-based lesson plans that incorporate current national and state standards, as well as organizing free annual networking events where researchers can share their completed lesson plans with educators. At these events, scientists and educators mingle, share lesson plans, and discuss current STEM research.

APNEP has participated in numerous SciREN events since 2014, including Greenville’s inaugural SciREN networking event in 2016. We have also developed lesson plans to present at SciREN, available for download below and in our Lesson Plan Database. APNEP has longsupported classrooms and campuses across the Albemarle-Pamlico region through outreach initiatives, including a summer teacher institute on the coast, the Shad in the Classroom program, educational materials such as the River Basin Booklets, and through grants funding engagement efforts in the region.

Participation in SciREN as well as these other initiatives supports one of APNEP’s major goals in our long-term Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, which is to"engage the public in sustained and coordinated efforts to increase public awareness and encourage individual stewardship." Specifically, they support Action D2.2, "Provide environmental education training opportunities for educators in the region."

Interested in attending SciREN as an educator or researcher? There are three annual networking events in North Carolina: SciREN Triangle in Raleigh, SciREN Coast near Morehead City, and SciREN Greenville in Greenville. If you can’t make it to a SciREN event, hundreds of lesson plans are available at the SciREN Portal on the organization’s website.

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APNEP-Created SciREN Lesson Plans

To foster engagement with the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and the watershed that supports it, APNEP staff created the lesson plans below for past SciREN events in order to  foster engagement with the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and the watershed that supports it. For more lesson plans and educational materials, visit our lesson plan database

Activity Grade Levels Standards (NC) Standards (VA) Link/PDF Description

Blue Crab Unit 

(APNEP and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment - Amy Sauls &  Dan Rittschof

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, Bio.3.5.1, Bio.3.5.2, EEn.2.4.2, EEn.2.7.1, EEn.2.8, CE.E.1 BIO.6.a,BIO.6.c, BIO.6.e, BIO.7.c, BIO.7.e, BIO.8.a, BIO.8.d, CE.1.a, ES.10.a Learn about blue crabs through four lesson plans: Classification & Identification of Blue Crabs, Blue Crab Life Cycle, Blue Crabbing, Salinity in NC Estuaries.

North Carolina's Underwater Grasses: A Lesson Plan on Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment

(APNEP)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Bio.2.1.1, Bio.2.1.2, Bio.2.1.3, Bio.2.2.1, Bio.2.2.2, EEn.2.7.1, EEn.2.7.2, EEn. 2.7.3, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-3, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-3 BIO.7.b, BIO.8.b, BIO.8.d North Carolina's underwater grasses are used as a case study to demonstrate how environmental monitoring and assessment can help evaluate an ecosystem's condition.

The Pocosin Project

(APNEP)

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 6.L.2.1, 6.L.2.2, 6.L.2.3, 8.E.1.1, 8.L.3.1 5.5.c, 5.6.c, 6.5.f, 6.7.a, 6.7.d, 6.7.f, 6.9.b, 6.9.c, LS.4.d, LS.6.b, LS.6.d, LS.8.a, LS.9.b, LS.9.c  Six hands-on stations that educators can use as an introduction to pocosin habitats, unique wetland systems that derive their name from the Algonquian word meaning "swamp on a hill."

Wetlands Race

(APNEP)

Any grade     Use this game as a fun way to introduce the topic of wetlands, estuaries, or seagrass. 

Food Chain Frenzy

(APNEP)

5th 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.NBT.1,  5-LS2-1 5.5.c, 5.6.c, 6.5.f, 6.7.a, 6.7.e, 5.NBT.1,  5-LS2-1

 This lesson plan allows students to explore food chains in North Carolina's estuaries and surrounding salt marshes through hands-on and group activities.

 

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