MDI Biological Laboratory
INBRE course

SEPA DataCom

The DataCom Workshop is for pre-approved teachers and scientist partners, please contact Dr. Jane Disney at about interest in participating in the SEPA program.

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Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

Program Overview

MDI Biological Laboratory and Dartmouth College, in collaboration with multiple partners in Maine and New Hampshire, are leading a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project called: “Promoting Environmental Health Literacy through Science Communication and Intergenerational Learning in a K-12 Safe Drinking Water Citizen Science Project (Communicating Data)”

High school and middle school teachers from Maine and New Hampshire, along with scientist partners from neighboring institutions, work collaboratively to engage their students as citizen scientists by integrating well water monitoring into their curriculum.

The overall goal is to provide teachers and students with the tools, skills, and support to make sense of well water sample data so that their analyses can inform data-supported stories that promote actions at the community level, resulting in positive public health outcomes.

The DataCom Workshop will provide time for teachers and scientist partners to collaborate on developing mapping and data analysis skills for supporting science communication, developing a curriculum that includes sampling drinking water and creating community outreach strategies, and building relationships with project partners to support the engagement of their students as citizen scientists who are making a difference in the world.

After completion of the DataCom Workshop, Maine and New Hampshire teachers will implement projects in their classrooms with support from their local scientist partners.

Workshop Leaders

Jane Disney, Ph.D.

MDI Biological Laboratory

Course Schedule

Sunday, June 23

3:00pm         Arrival/Check-in

5:00               Dinner Reception

Monday, June 24

9:00am          Solutionaries Framework

10:30              Data to Action

12:00pm        Lunch

1:00                Citizen Science Ethics

2:00               Contaminant Speaker Panel

Tuesday, June 25

9:00am          Keynote Speaker

11:00              Teacher/SP breakouts

12:00pm        Lunch

1:00                RCR

2:00               Managing your project for SEPA 2024-2025

3:00               Intergenerational Learning Round Robin Brainstorming Session

Wednesday, June 26

9:00am          Science Communication Ideas

10:00              The Five Best Data Visualizations in History

11:00              Effective Science Communication

12:00pm        Lunch

1:00                TUVA Demonstrations

2:00               Using TUVA

3:00               Mapping

Thursday, June 27

9:00am          Year 1 Evaluation Updates

10:00              Future Evaluation

11:00              Teacher/Scientist Partner Meetings

12:00pm        Lunch

1:00                Teacher/Scientist Partner Hosted Training with Bioassays

3:00               Field Trip – Mitigation through retention ponds and swales

Friday, June 28

9:00am          PBS and Science Communication

10:00              Make Videos: Editing Workshop

11:00              Video Presentations

12:00pm        Lunch

1:00                Debrief and departure