This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SIFT Session 2 Day 2

Day 2 of SIFT Session 2 brought an overcast sky and high humidity. We kept a close eye on the weather radar map as a storm front headed up the I-44 corridor.

The schedule of activities was almost identical to that on Day 2 of Session 1, with the exception of much improved opening activities that kept the sleepy SIFTers awake.

Tim led a discussion of the reading and journal prompt from the night before, and there was quite a thoughtful response from the group. One SIFTer wondered, "What was going on at the time to make the author write this way?" Good question!

Lydia led the teens through an expansion of the SIFT concept map based on their reflections from the previous afternoon. They worked together to group activities from Day 1 into the categories of collaboration, skills, and content.

Ah, the power of the concept map...

The isopod inquiry activity brought smiles to the group

Creating a good dichotomous key for a few simple leaves is not as easy as it sounds!

We finally had a bit of a downpour during lunch, but no winds or significant thunder and lightning. And nothing kept the SIFTers from heading out to the field in the afternoon!