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Vital Signs Approach

Vital Signs
is designed to let anyone, regardless of prior science training or knowledge, participate in a research project of immediate significance to our state and learn science by doing it. The challenge is to explore:

  • What is an invasive species and which ones do we have in Maine?

  • Where are there invasive species in Maine?

  • Where aren’t there invasive species?

  • What native species and habitats are threatened by invaders?

By bringing students and citizen scientists into collaboration with scientists and resource managers to answer real research questions, Vital Signs creates a relevant, engaging learning environment in which students are contributing valuable information while developing critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication – skills that will serve them throughout their lives.