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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

SIFT and TERF Alumni Weekend 2014 - Part 3

It wouldn’t be SIFT and TERF without the 4 quadrants activity. Rather than using it simply as a get-to-know-you activity, Susan asked the alumni to indicate things about their future plans and how SIFT and TERF might have played a role. It was a nice way to do some self-reflection within the large group on Sunday morning.

Amy Dai is all alone (well, with half of Tyler Pokoski) while our fearless evaluator Kathi Beyer takes field notes.

Many alumni found they are split in their thinking about certain things.

There was time for a frisbee break on the lawn in front of the Assembly Building.

And, of course, Tyler was in the kitchen washing the dishes (his favorite).

Overall, the Alumni Weekend was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out, and to Susan and the SIFT staff for organizing it!

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