It takes a lot of time and labor to process those insect samples, so Glade Team had another SIFT work day to find the insects among all the stuff that was vacuumed up. The monotony of the task was balanced by being in an air conditioned Tyson research lab space.
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.