MDI Biological Laboratory and Dartmouth College, in collaboration with multiple partners in Maine and New Hampshire, are leading an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project called: “Data to Action: A secondary school-based citizen science project to address arsenic contamination of well water”.
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 data so that their analyses can inform actions at the community level, resulting in positive public health outcomes.
The June 2020 online DataLit Institute will provide time for teachers and scientist partners to collaborate on developing research and data literacy skills, create a groundwater curriculum with a focus on arsenic monitoring, and generate a basis of ongoing partnership with each other and other participants.
More details on this program are available through the All About Arsenic Website.