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Celebrating Five Years of SciREN Coast

By: Alexandria G. Hounshell, Graduate Student, Institute of Marine Sciences,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 6, 2017

2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) in coastal North Carolina. SciREN is an annual networking event that brings local eastern North Carolina researchers and educators together to bring real world science into the classroom. SciREN was originally started by two University of North Carolina (UNC) Institute of Marine Sciences graduate students Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf. Both Justin and Ethan had parents who were educators, and were acutely aware of the challenges of bringing exciting, hands-on science into the classroom. 

Event Details:

Who: All Eastern North Carolina Educators
What: 5th Annual SciREN Coast Networking Event
When: February 16, 2017 from 5:45 – 8 pm
Where: Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium
Why: Bring coastal science into the classroom!
Cost: FREE

Register: Here!

 

Scientists participating in SciREN Networking events generate classroom ready lesson plans about their research that incorporate current national and state education standards. Prior to the networking event, scientists participate in a Lesson Plan workshop where they learn how to develop a lesson plan and talk with a panel of educators who provide feedback on lesson plan ideas. This results in top-notch lesson plans that can be adapted to any classroom.
 
 Scientists interacting with educators to incorporate their research into classroom ready lesson plans. Nearly 30 scientists participated in the 2017 SciREN Lesson Plan workshop. Lesson plans ranged in topics from drone research to sea level rise and much, much more. Image courtesy of UNC-IMS.
 
At the annual networking event, scientists present their lesson plans to educators in a science-exhibition type set up at the North Carolina Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Educators mingle with scientists learning about new lesson plans, discussing ways to adapt lesson plans to their classroom, and talking with scientists! In 2016 alone, over 130 educators and 40 scientists participated in SciREN Coast. Over the 5 years of SciREN Coast, it’s estimated over 1,200 students have benefited from lesson plans developed through the program.
 
This year's Annual SciREN Networking event is shaping up to be the best yet! This FREE event will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5:45 – 8 pm at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. We have dozens of brand new lesson plans developed by researchers from Duke, UNC, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, the National Parks Service, and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership among many, many others. We are even offering special 5th anniversary prizes educators can win for their classrooms, including a hackable drone donated by the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab at Duke, a field trip to UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences, and a field trip to watch a sea turtle necropsy conducted by Dr. Matthew Godfrey of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
 
Interested in attending? Educators can register all the way up to the day of the event here.
 
 
Educators interact with local eastern North Carolina Scientists at the 2016 SciREN Coast Networking event, exchanging ideas and getting science into the classroom. Image courtesy UNC-IMS.
 
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, you can still access hundreds of lesson plans developed by scientists all across North Carolina at the SciREN Portal. Simply sign-up and then you can download lesson plans that cover everything from marine science to physics. Additionally, SciREN now hosts networking events in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, Greenville, NC, and Athens, GA. Be sure to check them out!
 
Editor’s note:
The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) has participated in numerous SciREN events at all three locations over the past five years, including the inaugural 2016 Greenville event.  In 2017 we will be introducing a new lesson plan: “Food Chain Frenzy: An Exploration of North Carolina’s Estuarine Ecosystem” written by Marygrace Rowe, Special Projects Associate.  She and Katia Griffin-Jakymec, former APNEP Education & Outreach Assistant, originally developed the lesson for a summer science camp at the Cherry Tree House at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. 
 
Recently featured APNEP lesson plans include the Wetlands Race activity, North Carolina’s Underwater Grasses: A Lesson Plan on Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment, and the Blue Crab Unit.  These can be found on the SciREN portal, as well as APNEP’s searchable K-12 lesson plan database.  APNEP has long supported classrooms and campuses throughout the region, including a summer institute for science teachers at the coast, the Shad in the Classroom program, providing educational materials such as the River Basin Booklets, and offering grants for outdoor classrooms, trails, and water quality restoration projects.  Participation in SciREN and these initiatives supports multiple engagement actions in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.  
 
 
 Stop by the our table at SciREN Coast 2017 to talk about these
and other educator resources that APNEP and its partners provide! 
 
Learn more:

 

 

About the author: Alex Hounshell is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Hans Paerl’s lab studying biogeochemical cycling in aquatic systems, specifically organic matter cycling in the Neuse River Estuary. Dr. Paerl is a current member of the APNEP Science and Technical Advisory Committee and Albemarle Nutrient Workgroup.  

 

 

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