Middle and High School Teachers and Students

The NES-LTER Schoolyard program engages Middle (MS) and High School (HS) teachers and students with our research and data, linking ecosystem questions to the core curriculum and science practices in the classroom. Led by education specialist, Annette Brickley, the Schoolyard focuses on curricula supporting student data literacy-- analyzing and interpreting data, from beginner to advanced. In school year 2019-2020, we are offering outreach webinars, 2 teacher-at-sea opportunities (Research Experience for Teachers - RET), and our second student Data Jam competition.

In school year 2018-2019, teachers participated in webinars and workshops, with one teacher going to sea in July 2019. We also piloted our first student Data Jam competition. The Data Jam model, highlighted in NSTA Journal The Science Teacher (Sep. 2018), is like a science fair, except the students aren't collecting the data, but using our data. They interpret what they see and communicate their data story creatively and artistically. Student winners were recognized in April 2019.

In school year 2017-2018, we hosted a Professional Development webinar series to introduce the science and the scientists of the NES-LTER to participating MS and HS teachers from MA and RI. The series used readings from the popular Rachel Carson book "The Sea Around Us" to engage discussion of processes in the ocean and online graphing tools to introduce ocean data stories.

RET DWelty operating winch

drweltyfhs  While controlling the winch to deploy the Stingray with the ISIIS shadow graph plankton imaging system, Research Experience for Teachers, Aug 2019. @NSF_GEO, @USLTER, @lter_community, @worldwide_ocean, #NESLTER, NSFfunded

Related Information

  • Our next Northeast U.S. Ecosystems Data Jam competition is open with some new data sets and registration deadlines!
  • Learn more about our Research Experience for Teachers on NES-LTER cruises. We held a webinar on October 2nd with RET David Welty.

How to be a part of our team!

Graduate student Jacob Strock tending a line during a CTD/rosette deployment on Endeavor cruise EN608. (Photo by E. Taylor Crockford)

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Undergraduate and graduate students involved in NES-LTER research gain valuable training in not only field, lab, data management, and analytical skills, but also in collaborating in a multi-investigator/multi-disciplinary project. We offer summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at WHOI, and there are additional opportunities for undergraduate students through the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Wellesley College. Also, NES-LTER hosted a fellow for the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) 2019 Summer Fellowship Program. Link to YouTube video "How Undergrads Can Get Involved in LTER Research." NES-LTER will be participating in the Project EDDIE Module Development Workshop in October 2019 to develop stand-alone modular classroom activities for undergraduate students using large long-term and high-frequency datasets.


Undergraduate student Elizabeth Lambert donning an immersion suit during a safety drill on Endeavor cruise EN608, assisted by postdoctoral researcher Francoise Morison. Image credit Stace Beaulieu, WHOI

Listen » undergraduate student Elizabeth Lambert describing the experience of a first research cruise.

Listen » to more students sharing about experiences on their first research cruise.

Audio credits Stace Beaulieu, WHOI.

Science on a Sphere

An important component of our education/public outreach efforts will be creating new data sets and live programs for NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS). The SOS is a room-sized, digital globe often on display in its own auditorium for docent-led presentations of stories incorporating geo-referenced datasets. The SOS is used at over 150 science centers in more than 25 countries around the world.

(Image credit Will von Dauster/NOAA.)