Aquatic Invaders in Maine (AIM) was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a one-year curriculum development program for middle and high school students and teachers. The goal of the program was to augment science education in Maine’s middle and high schools by integrating aquatic invasive species and biodiversity science concepts and field experiences with existing curricula, and empowering students to help aquatic scientists by learning how to collect meaningful environmental data. Participating teachers worked with AIM program staff to develop and test lessons that address middle and high school science content standards related to biodiversity, adaptation, competition, ecosystems, science methods, and science communication. Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension coordinated the program, working closely with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute as a program partner.
Invasive Species Curriculum Available!
Some of the lessons created during the AIM Program are now available online as part of the watershed education curriculum recently developed by Maine Sea Grant and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in partnership with 31 Maine teachers. The Invasive Species Impacts on Biodiversity in a Maine Watershed unit contains lessons developed by AIM participants.
For more information, please contact Beth Bisson or Esperanza Stancioff, or visit the program Blog at: http://aimmaine.blogspot.com/