Follow a Researcher Program Featured on MPBN

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported on the new Follow a Researcher program offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension with support from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the Maine 4-H Foundation. The program aims to give K–12 students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and researcher. “The paper-pushing aspect is what I think gets represented. It’s what youth think science is,” said Charles Rodda, a doctoral student at CCI and the program’s first researcher. While in the field, Rodda will interact with participating classrooms and students by sharing prerecorded weekly videos and live tweeting in response to questions. “It just gives youth a sense of how this research actually looks,” said Laura Wilson, a 4-H science professional with UMaine Extension. The Maine Edge also carried a report about the program.