Summer Camp 2012

Connecting youth to local systems (Less than a year away!)

The Networked Youth Bioregion Project (NYBP) partners with local, state and regional organizations and individuals to inspire personal connections to local areas through programs that feature networked learning and systems thinking.

A Lasting Experience

The Networked Youth Bioregion Project is more than your average out of school experience. In partnership with our participating farms, labs, organizations, and communities we strive to integrate¬† 21st century skills development, academics and experiential education with the possibilities inherent in Maine’s incredible bioregion. Participants will join our highly skilled educators in discovering the networked learning process as they discover local systems and serve there communities.

We offer  two 4 week blended (online and face to face) programs for grades 7-12 featuring a hands-on, inquiry-based Networked Learning experience in the Mid-coast Maine Region. Learners will Collaborate on social, ecological and economic issues together while exploring the Mid-coast Maine bioregion and beyond. A major service learning component is embedded in all programs.

What We Facilitate

Our Networked Learning Framework meets International Society for Technology Educators NETS-S standards and uses the most innovative research and design in the field of education. Our programs meet a broad range of student abilities, meet program learning targets, and provide students with opportunities to:

  • Find Information
  • Validate Information
  • Leverage Information
  • Synthesize Information
  • Collaborate with peers,experts and community
  • Problem Solve
  • Improve their local and global communities
  • Develop a Personal Learning Network and ePortfolio

Academic Emphases

In our programs, students have the unique opportunity apply their project to their own life by exploring:

  • Society (History, Anthropology, Sociology, Art)
  • Ecology (biology, physiology, evolution, genetics, behavior, resilience)
  • Economics (consists of the economic system of an area)
  • Systems Thinking (the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole)
  • Interdependence (a dynamic of being mutually and physically responsible to, and sharing a common set of principles with, others)
  • Civics (the study of rights and duties of citizenship to a community, state or the world)