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Fall at mid point, Feature on Pollination and Science Talk
In this issue:
- At Mid point of Fall Session
- Featured Teacher
- Featured Mentor
- Featured Team
- Science Talk
Mid point of Fall Session
There is one month remaining in the official fall session. With 20 classes now online, the session is humming! This week we said fond farewells to the first of the classes to wrap up. Next week, we anticipate 4 more schools to come online and begin their projects. A few schools needed to withdraw from the session and will probably join us later this spring or next fall.
Teachers, please inform PSteam@plantingscience.org as you prepare to wrap up so that we can create and activate your class's online post-test. It is also helpful if you communicate your ideas and timeline with your mentors in the Teacher-Mentor Discussion Forum.
Here we highlight some individuals helping to field-test the Pollination inquiry.
Betty Indriolo led her students from St. Sebastian in collecting data on pollinator movements among plants in their school garden and examining pollen slides. Betty's use of the Discussion Forum greatly aided the mentors in following classroom happenings, which was critical as the students came online after they collected pollinator movement data. Betty also provided valuable insights on protocols.
Kate Hertweck has been a PlantingScience mentor since 2006. She and Kelly Gillespie are graduate student members of the Master Plant Science Team who are shadowing the pollination module this session, as Nick deBoer did last spring. Kate's dissertation research at University of Missouri, Columbia focuses on chromosome evolution and plant hybridization.
Valdine McLean and her Pershing County High School class are also using the pollination module, which she and Beverly Brown have been instrumental in writing. Here are a few of the student discoveries:
"Yesterday we learned that pollen tubes are small thin tube shaped objects." -Student from
Team 1 PCH_F09_L01
"The wild pollen slides were a successful experiment, we saw lots of different pollen grains in the red dye we applied to our slides. We were able to identify them as sagebrush pollen grains for the most part." -Student from
Team 2 PCH_F09_L0
Just as many students have had little previous experience designing science experiments, talking about science is often a new experience. The more good science talk, both in classroom discussions and "thinking out loud" in online posts, the better!
Meet the Teachers and Schools
Middle schools investigating seeds
Saint Michael School (IL) - Nancy Ramig - Wrap up
St. Rose of Lima (NJ) - Christina Wage - Online!
Oakridge MS (FL) - Georgia Stamp - Online!
Nautilus MS (FL) - Everett Evansky
Sisters MS (OR) - Carol Packard
Opelika MS (AL) - Ruth Meadows
David Hinson MS (FL) - Kathi Weaver
High schools investigating seeds
Long Branch HS (OH) - Evelyn Cruz, T. Monroe - Online!
Northwest HS R1 (MO) - Dick Willis - Wrap up
Cromwell Wright (MN) - Lori Wester - Online!
Springfield Central HS (MA) - Naomi Volain - Online!
Stuart Public School (NE) - Kayla Fischer - Online!
Commack HS (NY) - Dr. James McCaughran
Moss HS (OK) - Cappi Coleman - Online!
Amundsen HS (IL) - Todd Johnson - Online!
Matanzas HS (FL) - Wendy Vidor
High schools investigating photosynthesis
Woodstock HS (GA) - Jennifer Forsyth - Online!
North Zulch (TX) - Angela Turner* - Online!
Middle & High schools field-testing pollen & pollination
St. Sebastian (OH) - Betty Indriolo* - Farewell
Pershing County High (NV) - Valdine McLean - Online!
High schools field-testing genetics with Arabidopsis
Louisiana Sch. Math, Science & the Arts (LA) - Allison Landry*- Online!
Wyandotte High (KS) - Michael Hotz* - Online!
C.H. Yoe High science club (TX) - Toni Lafferty* - Online!
High schools field-testing genetics with Brassica
Appleton West HS (WI) - Kathy Vanderloop* - Online!
Wichita North HS (KS) - Bill Welch* - Online!
Wyandotte High (KS) - Michael Hotz*
St. Andrews (TX) - Dina Tucker*, Jeff Osborn
Lake Orion HS (MI) - Jenn Carlson Coury* - Online!
C. Milton Wright HS (MD) - Joann Chartrand* - Next Session
*teachers attending the 2009 Summer Institute
Colleges & Universities
Emporia State University (KS) - Marsh Sundberg's undergraduate biology students will be communicating with Jennifer Forsyth's Woodstock high school student teams. - Now Online!
Contact the Team
Jennifer Potratz Project Coordinator. 8-5 Central. 314-577-9535
Rob Brandt IT and Web Manager. 8:30-5:30 Pacific. 806-879-1590
Claire Hemingway Project Manager. 8:30-5:30 Pacific. 562-308-0075
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