Partners in Education

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The PIE program is a collaboration between Minnesota Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Aquarium that provides University of Minnesota Duluth education students with volunteer opportunities to work with education professionals.

The partnership trains volunteer educators to provide free outreach programs to Twin Ports schools. The topics covered such as weather, watersheds, properties of water and geology, change each semester and are all relevant to the Great Lakes.

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Project description

The Partners in Education (PIE) program seeks college students who want to gain teaching experience volunteering in grades 3 through 5 classrooms using science-based curriculum provided by the Great Lakes Aquarium. The PIE program is a collaboration among the University of Minnesota Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Environmental Education that provides UMD students with training and experience in classroom education. For more information, contact PIE Graduate Student Coordinator Cole Fisher.

Why Minnesota Sea Grant?

Our PIE program supports Sea Grant's mission to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment.

What have we done lately?

December 2020. In the fall of 2020, our amazing team of PIE volunteers started work on our new virtual spring 2021 lesson and accompanying informational videos.

  • PIE's spring 2021 lesson will be about winter lake ecology.
  • The lesson is designed to help students understand how scientists use and graph data to understand what happens under lake ice.
  • The lesson will connect students to real, ongoing limnology research. Limnology is the study of the biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other fresh water bodies.
  • The videos will be about two minutes long and feature key topics from the new lesson.
  • PIE's new virtual format will enable us to extend PIE to classrooms beyond Duluth in 2021.
  • Some of the material for our spring lesson will incorporate data provided by Kirill Shchapov, a Ph.D. student whose recent doctoral research was funded by Minnesota Sea Grant.

Participants & audience

Our PIE program seeks college students who want to gain teaching experience volunteering in grades 3 through 5 classrooms using science-based curriculum provided by the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Funding

The Partners in Education program is jointly funded by Minnesota Sea Grant and the University of Minnesota Duluth master's program in environmental education.


Program Staff

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Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Fellow
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Environmental Literacy Extension Educator

Partners

  • Great Lakes Aquarium, Museum and Aquaria
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, Department of Education, Academic Institution (College and University)

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