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.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ant Study and Goodbyes

Everyone packed up early and had breakfast before we started with the last few activities. James described the day's ant behavior study and students gathered bait and went out to find their study subjects. After a few hours of observation, students returned to report what they had discovered. After lunch, we watched a slideshow of images from the week's activities and Lydia explained the next step in the SIFT program: summer and fall projects. Then students went out on a scavenger hunt using their GPS skills, and were happily suprised at what they were able to bring back. It was a lively bus ride home as the SIFTers exchanged e-mails and planned ways to keep in touch with their new friends.

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