Partners in Education

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The Partners in Education program is a collaboration between Minnesota Sea Grant, the University of Minnesota Duluth Master's of Environmental Education program, 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 between Minnesota Sea Grant, the University of Minnesota Duluth Master's of Environmental Education program, and the Great Lakes Aquarium that provides UMD students with training and experience in classroom education. Contact PIE Coordinator, Emily Jones, pie.gla@gmail.com for information.

Why Minnesota Sea Grant?

Our Partners in Education 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 Partners in Education (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 Partners in Education 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 of Environmental Education program.


Program Staff

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Partners in Education Coordinator 08/23/2021 to 05/22/2022
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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)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, Center for Environmental Education, Academic Institution (College and University)

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