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    New science program combines nature and technology

    Starting Monday, educators from the New England Wildlife Center will combine their expertise and students’ familiarity with technology in a science program for sixth-graders at the Abigail Adams Middle School. The students and their teachers will be given 15 iPads to record and research what they see on nature walks and field trips – and to communicate later with wildlife center experts. The center’s chief executive officer, veterinarian Greg Mertz, said the goals are to encourage students’ curiosity about the natural world, decrease their fear of science, and to increase the Weymouth schools’ use of the center as a local resource. He said money for the project – which also will occur at an as yet unnamed Quincy school – comes from a $50,000 grant from the Arbella Insurance Foundation.