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 26, 2013

Tyson Olympics: Snail Races

Undergraduate Anna and post-doc Claudia have been working with snails all summer, so when it came time to create an event, they knew they had just the thing. The morning of the Olympics, the two of them collected a boxful of snails for the teams to choose from, as well as a host of tasty leaves to bribe the snails with during the race. For having slow racers, the game sure was exciting (except for the poor Glade Team, who may have chosen a dead snail)!

Undergrad and former TERFer Tess (left) and undergrad Amy choose a snail and some tempting greens to encourage it.

The contestants line up their racers. This is also about how the race looked at the end.

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