Submitted to: Botanical Society of America Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/2006
Publication Date: 8/25/2006
Citation: Hemmingway, C., Sundberg, M.D., Mclean, V., Singer, S.R., Martine, C., Spooner, D.M., Brown, B.J., Koptur, S. 2006. Scientific inquiry through plants: developing new inquiry units [abstract]. Botanical Society of America Abstracts. W-10. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Scientific Inquiry through Plants project, led by the Botanical Society of America, is in its second year of connecting teachers, students, and plant science mentors. Students participating thus far have strengthened their inquiry skills primarily in investigations of seed germination. A new photosynthesis unit is in field testing. This half-day workshop provides an opportunity for K-16 educators to collaborate on new inquiry activities. Following a brief introduction on content criteria (activities will be inquiry based, allow for open-ended questioning by students middle school through college, and involve low-cost materials), the workshop will break into small thematic groups. Marsh Sundberg and Valdine McLean will lead a photosynthesis focus group. Susan Singer and Carla Streng will lead a genetics focus group. Chris Martine and David Spooner will lead an Economic Botany Section focus group. Beverly Brown and Suzanne Koptur will lead a pollination and biodiversity focus group. If you have an idea for a new inquiry activity, or an extension to an existing activity, join us to create exciting new ways for students to experience the adventure of doing real plant science.