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NL team captures first Quahog Bowl win, heads to nationals

Quahog Bowl participantsAfter a day dominated by time clocks, buzzers, science judges and the powers of quick recall of all things related to the ocean, the team from the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut gushed with unfettered joy.

“Now we’ll be able to go to the nationals and compete again,” said team Captain Alex Matthews, beaming after his team claimed the first win for the New London school in the six years it’s been competing in the annual Quahog Bowl. “It’s such a fun competition.”

All the intense mental focus required for the daylong competition against 15 other teams from Connecticut and Rhode Island gave way to hugs, high-fives and arms raised in victory for the team of Christopher Bowens, Aidan Desjardins, Derek Raymond, Michael Reilly and Matthews, coached by Charles Mulligan. School Director Laurelle Texidor was also on hand to congratulate the team, sharing high-fives with the students after the win.

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Photo and article by Judy Benson

Bridging the Gap Between Classroom & Cafeteria

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN CAFETERIA AND CLASSROOM IN NEW LONDON

Telling Stories with Maps

map imageEmily Wilson wrote a blog post for Map@Syst on the story maps being created by UConn Extension:

CLEAR’s Extension faculty have long used maps to educate land use decision makers and the public about Connecticut’s landscape and natural resources.  The Connecticut’s Changing Landscape (CCL) research project has been the foundation of the education.  CCL is a series of satellite-derived land cover maps for six dates between 1985 and 2010 (2105 is coming soon) that includes 12 classes such as development, turf, agricultural field and forest.

Although the CCL website has evolved with time and technology, it has always strived to integrate the graphic, quantitative and geospatial information in easy to access ways – virtually the same MO of the Story Map.  Story maps easily integrate text, multi-media like photos and video, graphics and of course, interactive maps in one, contained interface.

CLEAR’s extension faculty were energized and began to implement loads of CCL information into CLEAR’s first Story Map – Connecticut’s Changing Landscape.  It is an ideal way to boil down the inherently complex information including combinations of land cover categories, time intervals, derivatives and scales.

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