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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 40 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 30 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine, Coastal

Gulf of Maine Field Studies Class

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  • This article and included videos showcase the students and projects involved in the field studies class for high school and college students that focuses on renewable energy solutions.
  • Students gain practical knowledge, take field measurements, install small-scale wind power, and convey their findings to the local community.
Teaching Tips


  • The videos of the students doing hands-on experiments in the field will be inspiring for students.
  • Students can get an idea of what is involved with careers in research and renewable energy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This program applies to Kennebunk High School and the University of New England.


  • After reading and watching the videos, students in other areas can research local universities and organizations that offer similar programs to high school and middle school students.
  • Consider using this resource as a conversation starter when discussing green jobs, STEM careers, or local solutions to climate change.
  • Science classes can use this article and videos to design their own project and experiment to test the viability of renewable energy solutions in their community.
  • Students can use this resource as inspiration for becoming citizen scientists and recording data to share with their local university or government agency.
Scientist Notes
This webpage introduces readers to an experiential learning class offered in Maine, specifically Kennebunk High School. This program allows high school students to go out to their local area, in this case the Gulf of Maine, to make observations, collect data, and help with community projects. The goal of this course is to get students to think about climate change, see how they can be a part of the solution, and make meaningful impacts in their communities. This page does not discuss much about climate change and its impacts but focuses more on the students’ experience and what they learned. Despite that, this webpage and associated videos provide examples about what field work is, what students are doing in different areas, and how impactful getting involved in climate change work can be. The information presented in this lesson is accurate and this resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
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