Mary Cerullo at Outer Islands TLC event in May

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Mary Cerullo, author of numerous science books for children and a “teaching science” book for educators, visited students from Frenchboro, Monhegan Island, Great and Little Cranberry Islands, and Isle au Haut during the Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative field trip to to the Wayfinder School in New Gloucester.

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Mary talked to students about ocean acidification, climate change, weather, and other environmental changes in relation to her book Sea Secrets, which tells the story of penguins, blue whales, and Cassin’s auklets and how changes in krill populations affect each species.

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Each student received a signed copy of the book, and were provided with supplemental worksheets before the special day to prepare for Mary’s visit.

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Students played “Gulf of Maine Bingo,” used dry ice in science experiments, and discussed how climate changes will impact Maine and the rest of the world.

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One female student repeatedly exclaimed, “We’re doing science!!” It was a blast – for IRW, teachers, students, and Mary. Learning science can excite minds, inspire action, and build community!

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