The last week of July I spent as teacher intern at CEHL. I experienced life at the lab with Jane Disney, George Kidder, several interns as well as student volunteers. What an experience! From bobbing around in a wetsuit in Frenchman’s Bay at low tide to tying eelgrass onto frames, I was able to learn and enjoy science in action.
What I especially liked was the applied science of data collection and fieldwork as well as the camaraderie of a group dedicated to understanding and helping an important ecosystem. What I learned was something I knew but needed to be reminded of: inquiry and problem solving are integral to science and take many forms, from team discussions and planning to the maneuvering of equipment at a test site.
The time spent with the eelgrass and water quality monitoring crews left me with many questions and thoughts about the how’s and why’s of incorporating more research-based activities in my classroom. I will think back to the quick week I spent at Salisbury Cove and use it to create lesson plans and activities to come. I encourage anyone who thought they might like to do this to “just do it” and take advantage of the excellent opportunity CEHL offers to teachers or students. I am refreshed and energized. It will be interesting to read what other interns observe and learn. Have fun stringing frames! Viva eelgrass!