Maine middle schoolers head to the coast for field research

Students prepare track for solar car testing

Lake Region students prepare track for solar car testing

As part of Lake Region Middle School’s Me to We project, 7th–8th graders attended a three-day, two-night residential experiential learning adventure on the coast of Maine where they built solar vehicles, studied world ecosystems, participated in a mock trial to debate global environmental issues, and tracked the transport of food and goods from one international port to another.

Back at school in Naples, Maine, during an interdisciplinary unit on immigration, students were each given new identities and cultural backgrounds, and moved through the steps of becoming U.S. citizens at a culminating Ellis Island experience activity.

Reflecting on the year, project coordinator, Linda Dutil said, “Students from the four small towns we serve really did get an opportunity to explore the world around them, and understand better their place in the world.”

Lake Region Middle School’s Me to We project was funded by a 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream Grant.

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