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: Soil Spin

The Forest Team modeled their event on the soil core samples they have been taking in the Tyson Forest Dynamics Plot. Each team was required to spin around a soil probe and then balance a plate of soil on their heads while walking to a graduated cylinder. The team with the most soil in the cylinder by the end of the relay wins!

L-R: TERFer Thomas (Invasive Plants) carries a plate of soil while undergrads Shannon (Bee Team) and Alissa (Aquatics Team) spin around soil probes.

Undergrad Kelly (Aquatics Team) pours soil into a graduated cylinder.

Undergrad Eleanor (Fire Ecology) carries a half-full plate of soil.

L-R: TERFer Ben, uberTERFer Tom, and technician and former super-uberTERFer Taylor carry soil.

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