Fifth-graders from the Crescent Park Elementary School recently visited the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. The students handled live lobsters, observed lobsters and cod in a tank, look at plankton under a microscope, and took part in a simulated fishing game. During all of the activities, the students video recorded their conclusions of their observations. The scientific method is stressed in each activity. Here, Steven Alanskas looks at copepods under the microscope. GMRI and grants from Norway Savings Bank, TD Bank in Portland and People's United Community Foundation in Connecticut help sponsor 5th and 6th graders all over Maine.