The LT Media Lab (LTML) and The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota have been partnering this year on the development of a new online learning environment called the Raptor Lab. The Raptor Lab models the process of scientific investigation in real-world settings through the active role-play of different scientific careers involved in wildlife rehabilitation, and then provides a platform for students to team up and share their own inquiry-based investigations online. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
On Monday this week, nine seventh-grade teachers from around the state met at LTML for a workshop designed to introduce them to the Raptor Lab. These teachers will be piloting the Raptor Lab in their classrooms this fall. Their feedback along with that of their students will help refine the online environment and curriculum before it is released for general access come fall 2016.
The workshop was run by Mike Billington (Raptor Center interpretive naturalist), Dr. Juli Ponder (Raptor Center executive director), Dr. Aaron Doering (LTML director), and Jeni Henrickson (LTML associate creative director).