MWEE Webinar: VCU BEST in Bay Watersheds
This webinar is part of a series hosted in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Education Workgroup.
Come join us as we share two modules that engage secondary students in the impact and importance of bivalves in their ecosystems.
One module is a Role Play unit that places students in stakeholder roles (e.g., scientists, environmentalists, watermen, consumers, regulators, legislators) as they research an authentic scenarios for oysters depletion (overharvesting, disease, habitat loss) and mussel population loss (excess fertilizers/pesticides, bacteria/viruses) as well as solutions to sustain these bivalves.
The second module examines bivalves—specifically mussels and oysters—embedded within a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model. The module lessons include life-cycle history, water-quality studies, virtual field trips (thinglinks and ArcGIS StoryMaps), and opportunities for students to take action related to issues faced by mussels and/or oysters.