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.

Friday, July 6, 2012

July Week 1 Discussion

Lauren Woods leads the TERF paper discussion.

After a long, hot July week the second session of TERFers finished their first week of work. This week was a lot different than the first session’s seeing as there were a few TERFers who carried over from the June session. During the Thursday group discussion we checked in on how everyone was doing and how they were adapting to their team. While some TERFers had a smooth transition into their team, others were a little more rough.

“I feel like the chunky pineapple bits in the jello. You aren’t quite in the jello like the rest,” says Alex Ford.

The students also discussed what their hardest experience of the week was and what the best was. 

“I really liked starting early to avoid the heat,” said Tom Hogancamp of the Forest Team.

Later on during that afternoon, Lauren Woods, the TERF T.A., came in for the group’s first paper discussion. As a group they went over strategies for reading scientific papers and what makes a good research question. To get the TERFers thinking about their experiences, Lauren had each of them explain what the main question and hypotheses were for their research teams. 

 Tyler (June), Noah (July), Meredith (June), Nithya (June), 
Alex F. (July), and Tom H. (July)

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