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: Turtle in a Haystack

For their event, the Turtle Team modeled the challenges of radio tracking by blindfolding one member from each team while another member led them to a bowl of beans with the words "hot" and "cold." After arriving at the bowl, the teams had to find a single grain of rice hidden in the beans and run back to the starting line.

Blindfolded team members follow the voices of their teammates to the bowls of beans.

Invasive Plants Team TERFers Thomas and Courtney, having found the grain of rice, run back to start.

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