Rutgers Collaborative for Raritan Education & Observation
Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences
Field experiences provides students with a sense of their local environment and how it fits into the larger word. It also allows students to see first hand and apply the concepts that are addressed in their courses. These hands-on experiences have been shown to increase student research skills, self-efficacy, and desire to remain in science 1,2,3. Moreover, additional studies indicate that first- and second-hand student data collection spur discussion of “data ownership” (i.e. provenance); how data provide evidence for claims/interpretations/conclusions; data trends; and discussing/explaining data. 4
Aboard our 20 passenger teaching and research vessel your students will have the opportunity to experience the Raritan ecosystem firsthand and participate in authentic research and data collection.
The new Rutgers vessel will be come with a variety of equipment and sensors. For information on how to reserve the vessel, please contact Carrie Ferraro at email@example.com
You can also encourage your students to sign up to participate in ongoing research.
The Rutgers Collaborative for Raritan Education & Observation will be working to support you in engaging your students in Raritan River data and science through data activities. The activities, which provide the opportunity for students to analyze and interpret authentic Raritan data, can be used before or after visiting the Raritan or if you are unable to bring your students to the Raritan for a field experience. If you have activities that you have used in your classroom related to the Raritan River and its watershed, please share them with us.