Future Scientists Show Off Their Findings at Jonesport-Beals High School 

Future scientists at work could be found at Jonesport-Beals High School Friday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they took part in a unique, five month field project.It was marine science day at Jonesport-Beals High School. When marine ecology professor Brian Beal was writing the proposal for a grant, he decided to focus on taking advantage of where he lives. “Where we live is in a coastal community and what’s in a coastal community? Lobsters, clams, seaweed and worms. That’s what drives the coastal economy,” said professor of ecology, Brian Beal. For five months, students from area schools have taken part in a field project. They planted soft-shell clam juveniles on flats in their community. ” I think they got a very good perspective of how difficult it is to make a living from the clam flats, said Beal. They also got a chance to see how clams grow and how well they survive,” said Beal. The students had to present their findings. Some chose unique ways, like a song. ” Incorporating something that’s tangible into the curriculum and letting kids have their hands on it is going to make that learning more interesting for them,” said Beal. It sparked the inner scientist in many. “It shows us what actually happens in the environment, instead of us just seeing pictures of it because when you see it happen, it’s actually real and you know exactly what’s going on,” said Jonesport-Beals High School junior, Thomas Beal. Beal says he’s happy the vision he started with has been such a success. “I closed my eyes and here we are today and it’s pretty much what I thought it might be, very exciting and everyone just abuzz,” said Beal. Besides Jonesport-Beals High School, the other participating schools included Washington Academy, Jonesport and Beals Elementary School and Bay Ridge Elementary.