Two Lincoln Academy Science projects, the Teague Street Alternative Education Program and the Marine Science and Computer Science classes, will both receive grants from the Edward A. Myers Conservation Fund this year. The exact dollar amount will depend on the proceeds from September’s Oyster Festival, but will provide several thousand dollars worth of funding to science and technology education at Lincoln Academy.
“We now have the funds to do several project-based science programs. For example, the students will be doing bird-monitoring research all year, and the data they collect will be contributed to a world-wide database used by biologists. Now we can buy the birdhouses, binoculars and books needed for the project,” said Anna Myers, the Lincoln Academy science teacher who runs the Teague Street Alternative Education science program.
The second Myers grant will go to Betsy Grannis and Maya Crosby, who teach Marine Science and Computer Science, respectively. They will use their grant funds for a joint project between the Computer Science and Marine Science classes. “The classes will build remote sensors powered by small computing devices and deploy them at aquaculture sites in partnership with the University of Maine’s Darling Center and the SEANet (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network),” explained Crosby, who is the Program Director at Lincoln Academy’s Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC) in addition to teaching computer science.
“The project will culminate with a visit to the Darling Marine Center, so that students can see how their work ties in with global research using sensors to study climate change and the health of coastal marine ecosystems, as well as using sensors to help aquaculturists monitor the health of their product. It is exciting that Lincoln Academy students can now take part in this cross-curricular research that is both local and global in scope.”