Section 1: On Board Experience. Students will head out onto the rivers of Mid-coast Maine to view wildlife, learn about ocean currents, and sample water quality. They will view the Maine coastline from the water to gain a better understanding of the fragile nature of the ecosystem. Students will learn to use a multi beam bathymetry unit, an underwater remote video camera (videoray), an acoustic dopler river current profiler, an acoustic subbottom profiler and a sediment core sampler. Marine Careers will be discussed as students study the ocean floor, currents, and water quality of the river.
Section 2: History of the central Maine coast. Students will learn about the fishing, ship building, and shipping industries that provided work along the Maine coast from its early settlements in the 1600s. Students will see how unrestricted use of the forests and fish threatened certain species and land forms. Students will also gain a better understanding of the difficulties that early generations faced. Using old and reproduced tools, students will try to plane a log, and navigate using the sky and simple tools.
Section 3: Classroom Experience. Students will gather to explore present day careers that are available in the Gulf of Maine, and to discuss ways to be positive stewards of the ocean. Students will leave with a plan for protecting the coastline, and with a list of possible marine careers that they may wish to explore.
PRE AND POST MATERIALS. Teachers will receive materials concerning marine science careers, a brief introduction to the history of the Maine coast, and a follow up lesson on protecting endangered species and species facing issues such as entanglement and loss of habita