RSU 9, UMF collaboration gets students, aspiring educators excited about STEM

Through a UMaine Cooperative Extension program, UMF students are teaching science, technology, engineering and math skills in RSU 9 classrooms at no cost to the district.

FARMINGTON — Lynn Wells’ fifth-grade Cascade Brook School classroom has agreed to give up recess six times over the course of the spring semester to learn science. And judging by the high energy and giggles that filled the classroom during one of these sessions last week, the students didn’t seem the least bit concerned about missing recess with their friends.


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Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 28, 2016 at 11:08am

So, did ask my grandson about STEM. Apparently the program has been around awhile and involves high school students as well as college. It seems like a great idea to me, but as with everything there will be someone or someone's selecting the material. I don't know much about school curriculums these days but occasionally am concerned about my grandkids education. I try to remind myself that kids don't just learn in school and these days there are many opportunities for them to hear alternative viewpoints. That's not to say that their formal education isn't critical, but to say that our kids are growing up in an informational age. So more than ever it is important that home and family help them develop skills to evaluate the world around them in all its aspects. Yes, my grandkids seem to have a heightened sense of the fragility of our environment and the need to protect it and tend to assume 'green is good'. I took the opportunity to give them some of the facts and opinions on wind power in Maine. Now I trust they will have a broader base of information and viewpoints for their own evaluation of this one subject. It's so important that those of us who have seen the dark side of the wind power issue keep up our efforts to get the facts into the public dialogue  and not give up.

With the east/west controversy and the 395 connector, etc., maybe it would be worthwhile to make an effort to make a more general approach to the legislature on the difficulties of viewing problems and solutions in the context of moneyed interests and 'proven science' and conflicting goals and strategies. More emphasis on process and decision-making and the role of lobbying and outside pressures on Maine. How Maine's decisions and Maine's role interact with these other forces.

But then I'm not called Pollyanna Paula for nothing.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 25, 2016 at 2:39pm

So that we can have GREEN thinking Children as to energy sources while they cut, slash, burn, destroy pollute the land where their food comes from while inventing new ways of synthafood. A corporate BRAIN washing so the will willingly contribute to the Green Scheme ?  This is an Agenda (wish I still had the article)

Comment by Long Islander on March 25, 2016 at 2:28pm

Mt. Blue Middle School teaching lessons focused on wind power? Why?

Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 25, 2016 at 12:57pm

Thanks for the heads up. Will surely ask my UMF freshman grandson about this tomorrow! This is so right up his alley.  With two math grandparents, a teacher mother and an environmental science father he loves helping those younger learn, even his three younger sisters!

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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