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120 students and 38 projects from grades 7 through 12 generated raps, a symphony, dancing scallops and wind and satellites, claymation, cupcake data points, board games, poems, comic strips, and puppet shows. Students used 13 different datasets from the provided Data Jam datasets and entertained 17 judges from the NES research team for days. While…

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Model results of Scallop Scope for Growth, for Jan-Feb and Mar-Apr with color scale above

In the recent publication of Fisheries Oceanography, Zhengchen Zang et al. share their sea scallop scope for growth (SFG) model. Scallop energy dynamics depend on the spatial and seasonal variability on the Northeast US Shelf. The scallop SFG model is therefore driven by high-resolution hydrodynamic and biological models and provides key information about scallop growth…

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Bar chart with Years 2001-2016 on y-axis and months Feb-Jun on x-axis showing 4 patterns of the duration and timing of bloom patterns

In a recent publication to Limnology and Oceanography Letters, Zhengchen Zang et al. share work on the role of silicate in the Gulf of Maine. In this study, they employed an artificial neural network method to identify the spring blooms from satellite images and reconstructed the spring bloom magnitude with strong interannual variability. This study…

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The North Atlantic Right Whales depend upon a rich diet of copepods during their summer months in the Gulf of Maine and along the Northeast US Shelf. Understanding and predicting how changes in the ecosystem might affect the food chain leading up to these endangered whales is critical. Dr. Rubao Ji at the Woods Hole…

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Ask a Scientist question overlaid on satellite image

Because we value data literacy, the NES-LTER is debuting a new webinar series with a new format! What: Ask a Scientist– Phytoplankton Fingerprinting: a DataJam dataset and its creator When: Thursday, Dec 16, 3:30-4:40 EST With Whom: PhD Candidate, Diana Fontaine, URI-GSO For Whom: NES-LTER Schoolyard Educators (you may sign up if you haven’t already) In this free one hour…

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NES Data Jam logo

While not all learners will become data scientists, they will all become data users and consumers. Visualizing, analyzing, and making decisions based on data are skills essential to 21st-century living: necessary for both work and personal life. The LTER Schoolyard program from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is once again offering its Data Jam which emphasizes creativity in presenting data. Doing the Data…

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Our team of judges have reviewed 26 projects involving 83 students in grades 8-11 from Massachusetts. In our third year of competition, we’re seeing students challenging themselves with more advanced datasets and new creativity in communicating their data stories. In a challenging year of remote teaching and learning, the technology skills of students and teachers…

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In just its second year, the NES-LTER Data Jam saw nearly three times as many student entries and broadening the region of engagement.  Education Outreach specialist, Annette Brickley, commented, “I think we’re reaching new teachers through the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) annual meeting each year in May, which is great, but I think our best…

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