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1 ecosy STEM s. u sing Ecology. as an Integrating Context. for STEM Education. Meg Edstrom, Outreach Director Ferry Beach Ecology School NEEEA Conference, Newport, RI November 2 nd, 2013

2 ecosySTEMs Using Ecology as an Integrating Context for STEM Education Welcome, Intros & Expectations Warm-Up Warm-Up Intro to Ferry Beach Ecology School ecosySTEMs! Next Generation Science Standards Action: Action: Intro STEM Field Experience The ABCs of Field Ecology Application Application

3 Ferry Beach ~ Saco, Maine Campus Located on Saco Bay & 7 miles of sand beach Driving distance between Boston and Ferry Beach = ~90 minutes

4 What is F ERRY B EACH E COLOGY S CHOOL ? The Science of Ecology and The Practice of Sustainability Overnight ecology programs on our coastal campus Overnight ecology programs on our coastal campus Schoolyard and classroom ecology outreach programs to schools Schoolyard and classroom ecology outreach programs to schools Field trips at Ferry Beach Field trips at Ferry Beach Summer camps and programming for students and families Summer camps and programming for students and families Community ecology programs and events Community ecology programs and events Educator curriculum resources and field guides Educator curriculum resources and field guides Narrative education in the service of good teaching Narrative education in the service of good teaching

5 Ferry Beach Ecology School Mission & Programs Non-profit Educational Organization Ecology Education, Inc. founded in 1998 **Over 100,000 Children & Adults have participated in FBES** Interdisciplinary Ecology, Sustainability and STEM Programs and Curriculum Mission: Fostering Stewardship for the Earth Through Education focused on the Science of Ecology and the Practice of Sustainability

6 Community Ecology Education In-School Programs Educator & Parent/Family Workshops & Camps Residential & Field Trip Programs Publications

7 What is Ecology? Biology Botany Climatology Chemistry Hydrology Eco = oikos = house - logy = logos = study By definition: the study of the interrelationships between the non-Living (Abiotic) & living (Biotic) factors of our Biosphere (house), the Earth! The Simple Definition: The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments.

8 Nature Appreciation Virtual Learning vs. Smorgasbord Environmental Education Investigative Field Ecology Team Building Drag & Brag Ecology Education Systems Thinking

9 What is S.T.E.M? Science Technology Engineering Mathematics What does STEM mean???

10 What is STEM? What is STEM to you?

11 STEM is*: FundingFunding Hands-onHands-on Project basedProject based Meeting kids where theyre atMeeting kids where theyre at InquiryInquiry ConnectionsConnections IntegrationIntegration Hiring oppsHiring opps Data analysisData analysis Good teachingGood teaching Systemic approach to EdSystemic approach to Ed Applicable to real lifeApplicable to real life ModelingModeling Government policyGovernment policy EngagingEngaging * As defined by participants of the 2013 NEEEA Conference

12 S.T.E.M. is: Real World Application Authentic Field-based Hands-On Interdisciplinary/Connected 21 st Century Work Force prep Task oriented Applicable Problem Based Wave of the Future Hands-On Interdisciplinary Construction based-product STEAM, eSTEM, etc. More than Technology (tech = anything in a system) Design Process = Engineering

13 S.T.E.M. Careers Agricultural & Food Science TechniciansAgricultural & Food Science Technicians Computer & Tech SupportComputer & Tech Support Civil Engineers & ConstructionCivil Engineers & Construction Biomedical SciencesBiomedical Sciences Biochemists & BiophysicistsBiochemists & Biophysicists Accountants & AuditorsAccountants & Auditors Soil and Plant ScientistsSoil and Plant Scientists Engineers – Environmental, Aerospace, Electrical, Chemical, etc.Engineers – Environmental, Aerospace, Electrical, Chemical, etc. Software DevelopersSoftware Developers HydrologistsHydrologists City PlannersCity Planners Renewable Energy DesignersRenewable Energy Designers

14 Ecology is STEM Science Technology Engineering Math

15 Ecology Makes Connections Green Building Practices: The FBES Center The Food For Thought Program Organic & Sustainable Practices

16 Ecology is… the Science & Practice of Making Connections… & Creating Community Food Systems, Green Building, Permaculture EnergyTransportation Business & Economics Public Policy Education Health & Recreation Quality of Life

17 Connecting Ecology To Your Own Life Back at Home Backyard Ecology Outdoor Recreation Food Systems Consumer Choices

18 The ABCs of Ecology ® C ycles B iotic A biotic C hange

19 Environmental Literacy Reading the Landscape Deciphering Natures Stories and Creating Eco-Citizens! NAAEE Definition: 1)Developing inquiry, investigative, and analytical skills. 2)Acquiring knowledge of environmental process & human systems. 3)Developing skills for understanding & addressing environmental issues. 4)Practicing personal and civic responsibility for environmental decisions.

20 Three-Dimensions: Scientific and Engineering PracticesScientific and Engineering Practices Crosscutting ConceptsCrosscutting Concepts Disciplinary Core IdeasDisciplinary Core Ideas Next Generation Science Standards A Framework for K-12 Science Education

21 1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) 2. Developing and using models 3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data 5. Using mathematics and computational thinking 6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) 7. Engaging in argument from evidence 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information Scientific and Engineering Practices Ecosystem Study Provides an Integrative Approach

22 1. Life Science 2. Physical Science 3. Earth & Space Science 4. Engineering and Technology Disciplinary Core Ideas Ecology = the Science of Making Connections

23 1. Patterns: 1. Patterns: looking at different species (leaves, stems) 2. Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation: 2. Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation: relationships between soil nutrients and diversity/productivity 3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity: 3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity: plot studies/sampling; compare/contrast factors & between ecosystems; productivity/diversity 4. Systems and System Models: 4. Systems and System Models: Ecology is the study of the interrelationships between living and non-living things 5. Energy and Matter in Systems: Flows, Cycles and Conservation 5. Energy and Matter in Systems: Flows, Cycles and Conservation input=sunlight; output=biomass (photosynthesis) 6. Structure and Function: 7. Stability and Change of Systems: 7. Stability and Change of Systems: disturbance = change (the lawn gets mowed) Diversity near border, diversity near middle Crosscutting Concepts Addressed through Ecosystem Study

24 Ecosystem Pattern Survey Diversity Diversity A measurement of the number of different species in an area* Productivity Productivity A measurement of how much an ecosystem is able to produce – what size are the plants and how dense are they? Nutrients Nutrients A measurement of how many nutrients and how much organic matter is in the soil/substrate. Darker soil means more nutrients. Disturbance Disturbance A measurement of how often and how much an ecosystem is affected by abiotic change.

25 Ecosystem Pattern Survey BEACH Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity FOREST Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity High Medium High Medium Medium Low Low

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27 Ecosystem Pattern Survey BEAC H Nutrien ts Diversi ty Product ivity Disturb ance FORES T Nutrien ts Diversi ty Product ivity Disturb ance High Medium High Medium Medium Low Low BEACH Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity FOREST Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity High Medium High Medium Medium Low Low

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29 Ecosystem Pattern Survey BEACH Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity FOREST Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity High Medium High Medium Medium Low Low

30 Ecosystem Pattern Survey Mystery Ecosystem Disturbance NutrientsDiversityProductivity High Medium High Medium Medium Low Low

31 Using ecosySTEMs to Solve & Design Brainstorm need-based projects in schools, communities and/or neighborhoods. Brainstorm need-based projects in schools, communities and/or neighborhoods. Projects should be student designed, led, and implemented. Projects should be student designed, led, and implemented. Refer to ecological principles to inform need and design process. Refer to ecological principles to inform need and design process. Projects should reflect smarter solutions (David Orr) Projects should reflect smarter solutions (David Orr) Dont cause other problems Dont cause other problems Solve for pattern/Security by design (Wendell Berry) Solve for pattern/Security by design (Wendell Berry) Technically feasible Technically feasible Competitive Competitive Quickly deployable Quickly deployable Resilient, redundant, repairable Resilient, redundant, repairable

32 Using ecosySTEMs to Solve & Design 1.E.g. David Orrs Oberlin community projects 2.Etc…

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34 Sustainable Forestry: Ecosystem Study and Career Skill Application

35 Ecologists In Training: Translating Ecological Concepts into Practice

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37 Ferry Beach Ecology School Guiding Principles & Pedagogy: (1) We do Ecology Education. (2) We use the ABCs of Ecology ® to teach ecology & sustainability. (3) The ABCs of Ecology ® allow us to Read the Landscape. (4) The best way to Read the Landscape is through Hands-on Field Ecology. (5) We use Narrative Education to teach Field Ecology. (6) We are systems educators creating healthy & happy sustainable communities!

38 EEI: Educate, Entertain & Inspire! Lesson Preview Skits Student Weather Prediction Presentations Fun Songs & Games that introduce concepts NarrativeEducation: Using Storytelling Structures to teach Ecology Concepts!

39 What is SELU? Science and Ecology: Live & Unplugged! Hands-on, Cumulative, Sequential: Innovative Science Education! Multi-year program collaborative with school districts Multi-year program collaborative with school districts Classroom programs, Assemblies, Schoolyard Ecology, Field Trips, plus… Classroom programs, Assemblies, Schoolyard Ecology, Field Trips, plus… Culminating overnight program for older students Culminating overnight program for older students Addressing science curriculum needs & challenges – ELP, ELP!! Addressing science curriculum needs & challenges – ELP, ELP!! Sequential, place-based educational experiences Sequential, place-based educational experiences Hands-on, experiential learning and field ecology Hands-on, experiential learning and field ecology District-wide Assessment program to measure SELU program efficacy District-wide Assessment program to measure SELU program efficacy

40 Who is SELU? More than 5000 students throughout Maine… Creating Environmentally Literate School Communities! ~5000 Kindergarten-8 th grade students and teachers ~5000 Kindergarten-8 th grade students and teachers 15 Schools – Lebanon School, Hanson School, Hussey School, Knowlton School, Primary School, Hurd School, Poland Community School, Minot Consolidated School, Elm Street School, Lake Region Middle School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Biddeford Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools 15 Schools – Lebanon School, Hanson School, Hussey School, Knowlton School, Primary School, Hurd School, Poland Community School, Minot Consolidated School, Elm Street School, Lake Region Middle School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Biddeford Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools 6 School districts – SAD#60, RSU#16, Lake Region, Bonny Eagle, Portland, Biddeford 6 School districts – SAD#60, RSU#16, Lake Region, Bonny Eagle, Portland, Biddeford 17 Communities – Lebanon, Berwick, North Berwick, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, Portland, Sebago, Naples, Bridgton, Casco, Buxton, Steep Falls, Hollis, Limington, Standish, Sebago Lake 17 Communities – Lebanon, Berwick, North Berwick, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, Portland, Sebago, Naples, Bridgton, Casco, Buxton, Steep Falls, Hollis, Limington, Standish, Sebago Lake Ferry Beach Ecology School – 6 Administrators, 16 staff naturalists Ferry Beach Ecology School – 6 Administrators, 16 staff naturalists And, of course, SELU, the harbor seal! And, of course, SELU, the harbor seal!

41 Kindergarten Fall: Sensory Awareness lesson at school site Spring: Beach Exploration field trip to Ferry Beach 1 st Grade Fall: Rocks & Soil field trip to Ferry Beach Spring: Food for Thought: Plants lesson at school site 2 nd Grade Fall: Salt Marsh & Air/Weather field trip to Ferry Beach Spring: Fresh Water Exploration at school site 3 rd Grade Fall: Watershed Mapping program at school site Spring: Salt Marsh field trip to Ferry Beach 4 th Grade Fall: Geology & Disturbance field trip to Ferry Beach Ecology School Winter: Winter Ecology program at school site 5 th Grade Winter: Ecologists in Training program at school site Spring: Residential program at Ferry Beach A SELU Program Progression

42 How has SELU grown? 2007-2009 *Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 1 & 2*Biddeford, 4 th & 5 th,Year 1 & 2 2009-2010 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 3, Impact Study Year 1* *Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 1 Biddeford, 4 th & 5 th, Year 3 *RSU#16, 5 th and 6 th, Year 1 *Lincoln Middle School, 7 th, Year 1*Bonny Eagle Middle School, 8 th, Year 1 2010-2011 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 4, Impact Study Year 2 Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 2, Impact Study Year 1 *Biddeford, 3 rd -6 th, Year 4*RSU#16, K-6 th, Year 2 *Bonny Eagle Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 2*Lincoln Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 2 2011-2013 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 5-6, Impact Study Year 3-4 Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 3- 4, Impact Study Year 2 Biddeford, 3 rd -7 th, Year 5-6 (proposed 1 st & 2 nd ) RSU#16, K-6 th, Year 3-4 Bonny Eagle Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 3-4Lincoln Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 3-4 Lake Region Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 1

43 THE FBES STAFF Registered Nurse Onsite FBES Naturalists = Our fabulous teaching staff! Alex Residential Program Director Drew Executive Director Maureen Associate Director Meg Outreach Director Johno Food for Thought CoordinatorKrysta Lead Educator & Creative Director

44 Our Mission: Teaching Students to Read the Landscape Through the Science of Ecology and the Practice of Sustainability Environmental Literacy! Helping Schools Meet State Curriculum Goals

45 Ecology is for Everyone! Ferry Beach Ecology School shares EcoLogical Knowledge & Solutions for Stronger Communities, Giving Us All Reasons to be Hopeful & Excited for the Future!

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48 Reading the Landscape Reading the Forested Landscape Tom Wessels Reading the Landscape of America May Theilgaard Watts

49 EEI: Educate, Entertain & Inspire! Lesson Preview Skits Student Weather Prediction Presentations Fun Songs & Games that introduce concepts NarrativeEducation: Using Storytelling Structures to teach Ecology Concepts!

50 What is SELU? Science and Ecology: Live & Unplugged! Hands-on, Cumulative, Sequential: Innovative Science Education! Multi-year program collaborative with school districts Multi-year program collaborative with school districts Classroom programs, Assemblies, Schoolyard Ecology, Field Trips, plus… Classroom programs, Assemblies, Schoolyard Ecology, Field Trips, plus… Culminating overnight program for older students Culminating overnight program for older students Addressing science curriculum needs & challenges – ELP, ELP!! Addressing science curriculum needs & challenges – ELP, ELP!! Sequential, place-based educational experiences Sequential, place-based educational experiences Hands-on, experiential learning and field ecology Hands-on, experiential learning and field ecology District-wide Assessment program to measure SELU program efficacy District-wide Assessment program to measure SELU program efficacy

51 Who is SELU? More than 5000 students throughout Maine… Creating Environmentally Literate School Communities! ~5000 Kindergarten-8 th grade students and teachers ~5000 Kindergarten-8 th grade students and teachers 15 Schools – Lebanon School, Hanson School, Hussey School, Knowlton School, Primary School, Hurd School, Poland Community School, Minot Consolidated School, Elm Street School, Lake Region Middle School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Biddeford Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools 15 Schools – Lebanon School, Hanson School, Hussey School, Knowlton School, Primary School, Hurd School, Poland Community School, Minot Consolidated School, Elm Street School, Lake Region Middle School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Biddeford Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools 6 School districts – SAD#60, RSU#16, Lake Region, Bonny Eagle, Portland, Biddeford 6 School districts – SAD#60, RSU#16, Lake Region, Bonny Eagle, Portland, Biddeford 17 Communities – Lebanon, Berwick, North Berwick, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, Portland, Sebago, Naples, Bridgton, Casco, Buxton, Steep Falls, Hollis, Limington, Standish, Sebago Lake 17 Communities – Lebanon, Berwick, North Berwick, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, Portland, Sebago, Naples, Bridgton, Casco, Buxton, Steep Falls, Hollis, Limington, Standish, Sebago Lake Ferry Beach Ecology School – 6 Administrators, 16 staff naturalists Ferry Beach Ecology School – 6 Administrators, 16 staff naturalists And, of course, SELU, the harbor seal! And, of course, SELU, the harbor seal!

52 Kindergarten Fall: Sensory Awareness lesson at school site Spring: Beach Exploration field trip to Ferry Beach 1 st Grade Fall: Rocks & Soil field trip to Ferry Beach Spring: Food for Thought: Plants lesson at school site 2 nd Grade Fall: Salt Marsh & Air/Weather field trip to Ferry Beach Spring: Fresh Water Exploration at school site 3 rd Grade Fall: Watershed Mapping program at school site Spring: Salt Marsh field trip to Ferry Beach 4 th Grade Fall: Geology & Disturbance field trip to Ferry Beach Ecology School Winter: Winter Ecology program at school site 5 th Grade Winter: Ecologists in Training program at school site Spring: Residential program at Ferry Beach A SELU Program Progression

53 How has SELU grown? 2007-2009 *Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 1 & 2*Biddeford, 4 th & 5 th,Year 1 & 2 2009-2010 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 3, Impact Study Year 1* *Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 1 Biddeford, 4 th & 5 th, Year 3 *RSU#16, 5 th and 6 th, Year 1 *Lincoln Middle School, 7 th, Year 1*Bonny Eagle Middle School, 8 th, Year 1 2010-2011 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 4, Impact Study Year 2 Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 2, Impact Study Year 1 *Biddeford, 3 rd -6 th, Year 4*RSU#16, K-6 th, Year 2 *Bonny Eagle Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 2*Lincoln Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 2 2011-2013 Lebanon Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 5-6, Impact Study Year 3-4 Berwick and North Berwick Schools, SAD#60, K-5, Year 3- 4, Impact Study Year 2 Biddeford, 3 rd -7 th, Year 5-6 (proposed 1 st & 2 nd ) RSU#16, K-6 th, Year 3-4 Bonny Eagle Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 3-4Lincoln Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 3-4 Lake Region Middle School, 6 th -8 th, Year 1

54 THE FBES STAFF Registered Nurse Onsite FBES Naturalists = Our fabulous teaching staff! Alex Residential Program Director Drew Executive Director Maureen Associate Director Meg Outreach Director Johno Food for Thought CoordinatorKrysta Lead Educator & Creative Director

55 Our Mission: Teaching Students to Read the Landscape Through the Science of Ecology and the Practice of Sustainability Environmental Literacy! Helping Schools Meet State Curriculum Goals

56 Ecology is for Everyone! Ferry Beach Ecology School shares EcoLogical Knowledge & Solutions for Stronger Communities, Giving Us All Reasons to be Hopeful & Excited for the Future!


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