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.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The 2012 Tyson Olympics

As with every year, the end of the field season at Tyson Research Center also means that it is time for the Tyson Olympics. The morning began with the various research teams going off to set up their events for the day.

The Pollinators
The Pollinators
The Turtle Team and Eric
The Mighty Oaks (Forest Team)
The Aquatic Team
The Glade Runners
The Fire Ecology Team
After the Opening Ceremony, it was time for the competitive events.
  • Measure to the Sharpie
  • Seed Trap Toss
  • Count the Seeds 
  • Tree Diameter 
  • Leaf Identification
  • Bee Ball
  • Prairie Plant Sorting
  • Kiss From a Rose
  • Fire Obstacle Course
  • Cattle Tank Run
Flag Ski-ball
Taste That Plant
Measure to the Sharpie
Taste That Plant

After a fun-filled morning, the Awards Ceremony closed out the Tyson Olympics for 2012.

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