Members of the aquatic and mosquito teams used some of their equipment as the focus of a relay, having members of each team run with progressively larger stacks of cones that the researchers plant in the ground to create mosquito habitats. The long point on the base of the cone makes them hard to stack without tipping over, and runners were only allowed to hold the stack with one hand. Runners had to run to the end of the course, add a cone to the stack, then run back to the start and hand the stack off to the next member of their team.
Unfortunately, running in straight lines is difficult without marked lanes, so the games ended with a bang as an undergrad and TERFer collided. Oops.
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.