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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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In summer 2019 we had the wonderful opportunity to host Kathy Qi (see photo) as an Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Fellow. The EDI Summer Fellowship program sponsors undergraduate, graduate, and recent postgraduate students at a variety of host institutions across the U.S. with training in ecological data management. Kathy is an undergraduate majoring in Marine…

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We kicked off summer 2019 with a unique opportunity to sample zooplankton at the surface near NES-LTER Station L1. Jaxine Wolfe, one of our summer REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), joined other students as part of the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) on a cruise on the Sea Education Association‘s research sailing vessel Corwith…

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The winning team for the 1st Annual Northeast U.S. Ecosystems Data Jam Competition is from Fairhaven High School (Fairhaven, MA), for their Level 3 project titled, “A Flood and Nitrogen: The Perfect Recipe for an Algae Feast”. Honorable Mentions go to: Level 1 – a team from Our Sisters’ School (New Bedford, MA) for “The…

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The NES-LTER Team just returned from the second successful Winter Transect cruise! The top photo shows PI Joel Llopiz happily displaying a sand lance, one of our target species of forage fish. Check the Twitter hashtag #NESLTER for another photo of Joel with an impressive sample resulting from towing a plankton net near the shelf…

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