Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science

The mission of the Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science project (DRL 1440869) is to meaningfully connect teaching and learning to the restoration of New York Harbor to create enhanced learning and life outcomes for students historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Assistant Professor for STEM Education, Lauren Birney, EdD, is the PI for this project. 

Goals of the project are to:

  • Increase the quality and effectiveness of STEM-C teaching and learning
  • Increase knowledge and instructional skill of teachers, informal educators and STEM-C professionals
  • Increase public and middle school students' knowledge of and interest in STEM-C



What/who is CCERS-BOP Schools and Citizen Science?

We are a community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor. Our work is premised on the fundamental principle that schools and communities can and should play direct, active, and authentic roles in the ecological restoration and stewardship of the planet, especially in places where local habitats and species have been severely degraded by human development. Our theory of change is that school is made more meaningful and student learning enhanced when curricula are aligned to a local restoration ecology project requiring students to do authentic problem solving, data collection, experimentation, and research. Our work is funded through a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (NSF-DRL).