MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
Science educators from across the North Shore meet at GMGI
In early January GMGI welcomed North Shore college, middle and high school science educators – from Swampscott to Newbury and everywhere in between – to tour the new research facility at 417 Main, Gloucester. The visit was intended to start discussions about how our world class science institute can become integrated into the education network of the North Shore.
GMGI is committed to creating a thriving and accessible Science Community on Cape Ann. To this end, we want to support the science educators who are the direct line to the next generation of scientists and enthusiasts.
The January event began with introductory remarks by COO Chris Munkholm, who gave tribute to the astrophysicist and science teacher who made a difference in her life. Education Director John Doyle shared information about the programs at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.
The visiting educators then had a relaxed two hours to circulate through the labs, talking with scientists about their projects in the marine life lab, sequencing lab, microbe room and other specialized parts of the facility. Both sides benefitted, with GMGI staff learning about what is going on at the ground level in the schools’ science departments, and educators seeing the cutting-edge research being done in their backyard.
A shared goal among the group emerged and inspired a collective brainstorm on how GMGI can become a resource for science educators. GMGI distributed a survey for feedback on proposed science courses as well as events that could enrich science education and the resulting insights will be incorporated in future planning.
Below is the list of schools that participated:
Andover High School
Beverly High School
Gloucester High School
The Governor’s Academy
Ipswich Public Schools
Masconomet High School
Peabody High School
Rockport Middle School
Salem State University
Swampscott High School
Triton Regional High School
Research Associate Jennifer Polinski explains the DNA sequencing lab
Education Director John Doyle talks with visitors at 417 Main
417 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
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