Revealing Systemic Impacts of a 12-Year Statewide Science Field Trip Program

LabVenture Statewide Systemic Impacts Study

Lead Staff:
Jim Hammerman
Project Staff:
Sabrina De Los Santos


Since 2005, through its LabVenture field trip program, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has brought roughly 70% of Maine 5th and 6th graders (over 100,000) to its Portland facility to engage in an interactive, hands-on exploration of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the impact of climate change. This project looks for large scale impacts of such a widespread, sustained-over-time experience on students, teachers, schools and communities. As a Research in Service to Practice project, the research also seeks to increase the capacity of informal and formal educators to connect and support experiences across the learning ecosystem.