The SIFTers spent some time indoors for a change during the weekend of August 9th and 10th. Three separate 3-hour GIS training sessions were offered in the computer lab at the Natural Sciences Learning Center in the Biology Department at Washington University.
Dr. Bob Coulter, director of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, instructed the SIFTers on the basics of geographical information systems and showed how they can be useful in environmental research.
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.