CREST models an interdisciplinary approach to connecting students to their threatened communities, using technology as a tool and place-based education as a vehicle. By engaging in local projects based in the surrounding Gulf of Maine ecosystem, students learn to apply science and technology skills to support their community’s natural, social, and economic resources.
A comprehensive project for students and teachers, CREST networks 11 island and coastal schools in rural Maine with academic institutions, community stakeholders and IT professionals, to integrate STEM into community-based curriculum projects. Most of CREST’s target population lives in Maine’s most remote areas, where opportunities for IT learning are rare. The program’s interdisciplinary approach aims to get students from rural areas excited about how they can use technology to improve their community and how they can apply their love of technology in a future career.
Each individual CREST project weaves three focus technologies - web design, ethnography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into a curriculum addressing the community’s unique challenges. In this video profile students work with the State marine conservation agency and local fishermen to track critical changes in the lobster population. Students experience first-hand how to apply marine biology, data collection and GIS mapping skills acquired in a formal setting, to support the struggling commercial lobster fishery - the heart of their community’s economy and culture. Another strand of the project artfully weaves sophisticated GIS technology and mapping, Web design, and boat building into a student-inspired ethnography research project to tell the proud story of their ancestors - the Deer Isle Boys.
• What local issues do students feel are relevant to them?
• To attract students who are not tech savvy, can your project incorporate GIS mapping, web design, or videography into non-technical, historical or cultural projects?
• What data-driven decision-making problems can students support or help resolve, especially related to environmental stewardship or community resources?
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.