K–12 students welcome to ‘Follow a Researcher’ to Falkland Islands

Penguins in Antarctica
Photo by Kit Hamley

For a second year, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will connect K–12 students in Maine and around the country to UMaine researchers in the field as part of its Follow a Researcher™ program.

The program aims to give students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and scientist. It is offered by UMaine Extension with support from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the Maine 4-H Foundation.

From Jan. 14 through Feb. 13, participants will watch as Kit Hamley, a graduate student at CCI, travels 300 miles off the southeastern coast of South America to the Falkland Islands, home to some of the world’s largest penguin, seal and seabird colonies.

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