Develop and Implement Local Marine Curriculum for Quincy Public Schools

Lead Pi: Janet DiTullio · 3/2000 - 2/2002

Project Personnel: Robert Michelson

Project number: 2000-E-29

Objectives:To increase teacher’s and administrator’s knowledge base of the impact on the local marine biome in order to develop authentic curriculum. To develop unites of study for grades 6-12. To field test and revise units of study. To develop student monitoring program between high school, middle and elementary students to widen knowledge of impacts on marine life in local biomes (marshes, bay creeks, ponds, etc.). To develop school to career pathways in marine research.Methodology:Utilize Quincy, Hingham, and Dorchester Bays as a teaching tool to integrate technology into science education to meet the standards as set forth by the Science and Technology framework of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To set up coastal monitoring systems to give students real field experience within their local environment. Have students compile and present data to their community. Establish a mentoring program between scientists, teachers, and students. Give students real field experiences in Commercial and University laboratories. Rationale:Currently, there is an under-utilization of the 26 miles of coastline, estuaries and harbor islands in Quincy’s jurisdiction being incorporated into the science/technology curriculum for Quincy Public School students. There is also a need to educate students to prepare them to become the caretakers of our local marine environment.