In GMRI’s LabVenture! experience, 5th and 6th graders from all corners of Maine take on the role of scientists and conduct their own hands-on research in the Cohen Center for Interactive Learning, our state-of-the-art learning laboratory.
Content from our current program, Complex Systems, empowers students to investigate the Gulf of Maine and the many systems it comprises.
Students take on the roles of scientists and fishermen to discover the connections among cod, lobster, herring, and humans in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. They examine food webs, behavior patterns, and human activities in order to uncover how they are inextricably woven together.
Students work in teams to explore:
- How are cod and lobster connected? Students investigate how behavior changes affect competition for food, shelter, and changes in growth and reproduction.
- Are we farming lobsters? Students explore how the herring used for lobster bait may be impacting the growth of lobsters.
- How can we make fisheries more sustainable? Students experiment with fishing gear technologies to maximize fuel and catch efficiency to make money while minimizing their long-term impact on the fishery.
- What impacts will climate change have on the Gulf of Maine ecosystem? Students research the impacts that warmer water may have on a key species and the ecosystem as a whole.