High School students from Bangor, John Bapst, Old Town and Sumner Memorial high schools will be presenting their findings from mercury and nitrogen research conducted in their own watersheds. For the past four years, the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) Institute at Acadia National Park, the University of Maine’s Mitchell Center, School of Forest Resources, and Climate Change Institute, Maine Sea Grant, and Dartmouth College, have collaborated with teachers in “Acadia Learning”, a program that brings scientists, teachers, and students together in partnerships that result in useful research and effective science education.
The presentations, scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am at Husson University’s G. Peirce Webber Student Center, will feature the students research on how mercury accumulates in food chains in local streams and how changing seasonal patterns in snowmelt might affect nitrogen. The data collected provides valuable insight into new lines of research that collaborating scientists are working to develop.
For more information on the Acadia Learning project visit: http://participatoryscience.org/