GLOUCESTER, Mass. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Northeast Region has awarded grants totaling nearly half-a-million dollars through its B-Wet program to nine educational projects in New England, including two in Rhode Island.
The Save The Bay: Discover Narragansett project was awarded $71,800 for a partnership with Providence elementary schools to provide professional development for 20 fourth-grade teachers. The educators will get training on the water, on the coast, in labs and in the classroom during the summer.
During the school year, up to 540 students will have lessons on a research vessel in trawling for animals from the floor of Narragansett Bay, will study shoreline plants and animals, and will work in labs.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity,” said Bridget Kubis Precott, Save The Bay education director. “It enables us to create a multilevel experience for the students and teachers of Providence for an entire school year, ultimately creating future stewards of Narragansett Bay.”
The University of Rhode Island Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences was awarded a $61,710 grant for its Watershed Monitoring Project.
The program will provide 400 students and 40 teachers from several Rhode Island school districts with experiential learning activities.
Teachers will learn how to conduct watershed habitat assessments and vegetation survey. Students will investigate local watersheds, estuary and tidal habitats, and in later parts of the program, ocean and offshore waters
The Smile program is an academic enrichment program for students in 4th through 12th grade, intended for underrepresented and educationally underserved student populations.