Episode 149: How Do You Study Manatees?

Beth Heidemann, Go2 Science cofounderPresidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop enthusiast, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! A graduate of College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine, she loves engineering challenges, technology, environmental education, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!

Her love of meaningful integration of technology in the early childhood classroom earned her a National Semiconductor Innovative Educator Award. Always modeling curiosity and lifelong learning, Beth continues to experiment and innovate. She’s served as a Skype Master Teacher and PBS Learning Media Innovative educator and was most recently honored by the state as County Teacher of the Year, but withdrew herself (as a semi-finalist) for consideration as State Teacher of the Year to pursue Go2Science.


Go2Science was created by award winning teacher, Beth Heidemann, and published scientist, Curtis Bentley. Our work is backed by an advisory group of outstanding teachers ensuring quality content and exemplary pedagogy. Come adventure with us around the world!

Beth and Curtis go to the field to test real hypotheses and you can join us virtually for a front row seat on the action! Go2Science highly engages young learners (ages 4 to 11) and provides the tools educators need to innovate, integrate, and elevate learning! When you join our missions, young learners increase collaboration, cooperation, and critical thinking skills by engaging in the scientific process with us. Our materials support all three NGSS dimensions while enhancing instruction in core subject areas.




Go2 Science manatees



Challenge: Go to the manatee webcam and do your own survey about which manatees have boat strikes. 

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The Manatee Scientists book

Highlighted Book for this Episode

The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species by Peter Lourie






Book List: 

National Geographic Readers: Manatees by Laura Marsh

Manatee Blues (Vet Volunteers) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ocean Animals for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Whales, Sharks, and Other Marine Life by Bethanie Hestermann (Author), Josh Hestermann (Author)

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