Part­ner­ship pro­vides enhanced sci­ence cur­riculum at the Brickett Ele­men­tary School

The Marine Sci­ence Center at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and GE-​​Aviation have part­nered to intro­duce a novel sci­ence cur­riculum at the Brickett Ele­men­tary School in Lynn. The inno­v­a­tive pro­gram fea­tures expe­ri­en­tial learning activ­i­ties out­side the class­room using marine-​​based learning models and vol­un­teers from the GE-​​Aviation facility. The pro­grams also incor­po­rates ocean envi­ron­ment and marine sci­ence based edu­ca­tional mate­rials donated by National Geographic.

Out­reach is one of the three mis­sions of North­eastern University’s Marine Sci­ence Center,” said Gwilym S. Jones, director of the Marine Sci­ence Center. “As many as 5,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gram each year. Having spent over 40 years as a teacher and researcher, I am ever more con­vinced that the greatest stim­u­la­tion in sci­ence for most stu­dents is to be exposed to organ­isms and their inter­ac­tions with their envi­ron­ments. Our pro­gram offers these sub­jects in school class­rooms and at our facility at East Point, Nahant. We are excited about the oppor­tu­nity to work with the Brickett School students.”

GE and North­eastern alumni have been ded­i­cated to recruiting for the GE Avi­a­tion Lynn facility, and it was a nat­ural course of action for the Northeastern-​​GE rela­tion­ship to grow by col­lab­o­ra­tion in a vol­un­teer part­ner­ship,” said Mary J. Har­graves, GE Greater Boston Vol­un­teers Lynn Edu­ca­tional Lead. “The North­eastern Marine Sci­ence Center pro­gram will pro­vide a much needed sci­ence cur­riculum to the stu­dents at the Brickett School in Lynn. GE Greater Boston Vol­un­teers is excited to extend its long-​​standing part­ner­ship with the Lynn School system to include this valu­able program.”

Begin­ning this month, mem­bers of the Marine Sci­ence Center and a team of GE-​​Aviation vol­un­teers will meet with each class, grades kinder­garten through 5th, at the Brickett Ele­men­tary School and at the Marine Sci­ence Center, four times over a 4–6 week time period. The pro­gram will allow stu­dents to aug­ment their sci­ence knowl­edge with hands-​​on education.

The project is enor­mously exciting,” said Dr. Jaye Warry, Deputy Super­in­ten­dent of Lynn Public Schools. “With the assis­tance of GE and their vol­un­teers, the stu­dents at the Brickett School will learn about marine life and the sci­ence stan­dards in a real, hands-​​on environment.”

Fur­ther­more, National Geo­graphic has donated a series of instruc­tional books that per­tain to marine sci­ence and the ocean envi­ron­ment. These par­tic­ular books, which will be added to the Brickett School’s library, were hand selected by Jane Brauer of National Geo­graphic for their rel­e­vance to the cur­riculum and their spec­tac­ular photography.

I was hon­ored to be asked by Dr. Warry to donate titles from National Geographic’s newest divi­sion of the Society: National Geo­graphic School Pub­lishing,” said Jane Brauer, Ed. D. National Geo­graphic Edu­ca­tional Con­sul­tant, Southern New Eng­land. “We have been blessed by many of the greatest minds in edu­ca­tion today who have informed us on best prac­tices for teaching lit­eracy skills and strate­gies while imparting fas­ci­nating infor­ma­tion in a way that only National Geo­graphic can. Having the use of our National Geo­graphic library of photos, we find stu­dents to be extremely moti­vated to learn as they turn the pages in our books. And with our newest sci­ence pro­gram just emerging, stu­dents will expe­ri­ence dif­fer­en­ti­ated and inquiry-​​based text, as well as videos allowing them to engage with our very own National Geo­graphic Explorers!”

Under cur­rent eco­nomic restraints, the Brickett Ele­men­tary School does not have the funds to pro­vide fee-​​based extracur­ric­ular activ­i­ties. The activ­i­ties pro­vided by the Marine Sci­ence Center and GE-​​Aviation will enhance the sci­ence edu­ca­tion stu­dents are presently receiving. The project will also bol­ster the stu­dents’ knowl­edge and aware­ness of the Mass­a­chu­setts coastal marine envi­ron­ment. All activ­i­ties align with state edu­ca­tional frameworks.

Addi­tion­ally, to sup­ple­ment and rein­force the class­room and field expe­ri­ences, a tank will be set up in the lobby of the Brickett Ele­men­tary School and main­tained by the stu­dents. Organ­isms in the tank will be col­lected during stu­dent field experiences.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.