BSA Science Education and Outreach
A key objective of the Botanical Society of America is to sustain and provide improved formal and informal education about plants. The Society offers diverse programs and resources to promote the teaching and learning about plants and careers in plant science.
BSA extends an invitation to all K-12 Science Educators
Programs and Opportunities
Online Science Mentorship Program
is an inquiry and science mentorship program led by the BSA that
brings together students, plant scientists, and teachers from
across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations
in their classrooms and collaborate online with peers and scientist
mentors, building their understanding of science through first-hand
experience and expert guidance. For scientist mentors, the program
offers an outreach opportunity to share their knowledge and enthusiasm
for plants with high school students and teachers.
PlantingScience receives prestigious SPORE award from journal Science. March 2011 Esssay.
Plant IT Careers, Cases and Collaborations
A new opportunity for secondary school teachers and students to solve plant-related biology problems and explore career connections featuring the technology and skills that support modern plant science! Online investigation spaces provide access to real world problems and workplace applications of plant ecology, biotechnology, evolution, and physiology. This NSF ITEST project is a collaborative effort among the BSA, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and Texas A&M University. For access to case-based plant curricular materials and information about the teacher and student summer programs, visit the project communication hub at myPlantIT.org.
Listen in as Flora Delaterre uncovers the activities of medicinal plants and shares her story of becoming a science writer and Dr. Vaughn Bryant describes the life of a forensic botanist. These interviews were part of the 2008 and 2009 summer programs.
Flora Delaterre Podcast on Ask-a-Biologist
Pollen - Nature's Tiny Clues Podcast on Ask-a-Biologist
Education and Outreach Forum
An integral part of our annual conference, the Education and Outreach Forum offers free hands-on workshops, round-table discussions, and networking opportunities. The Forum draws educators and researchers interested in innovative approaches to teaching plant biology from kindergarten through college and sharing plant science with the public. K-12 teachers from the meeting host-state are eligible for Continuing Education Units. Sessions contributed by members cover topics such as active learning in K-16 classrooms, engaging undergraduates in research, and reaching out beyond the ivory towers.
Sample the 2007 offerings.
Increasing Diversity at the Annual BSA Meeting
Travel grants for undergraduates to attend the Botany meetings are available. Learn more about Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow's Scientists (PLANTS). This is a special opportunity, supported by the National Science Foundation and the BSA, for undergraduates to join a supportive network of peers, graduate students, and professors, and receive support to attend the annual conference. The Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) program provided intial support begining in 2003.
The BSA Education Committee and Teaching Section recognize the contributions of their peers to excellence in botanical education through the C. E. Bessey Award.
Making an Impact
The BSA seeks to support and promote our members efforts to meaningfully address the NSF Broader Impact Criteria.
A list of Broader Impacts Resources was one outcome of the 2007 Joint BSA-ASPB Education Workshop.
Lab Resources - Grades 6-12
The McIntosh Apple Development Poster Project |
One Bad Apple: Synchrony in Ripening Fruit |
Sailing Seeds: An Experiment in Wind Dispersal |
Gasping for Breath: Bottle Experiments with Mung Beans
Visual Resources - Grades K-16
Carnivorous Plants |
Online Image Collection |
Capillary Action - Video clip
The BSA Online Image Collection is part of the AAAS BEN Digital Library.
Thought-Provoking Resources - Grades 6-14
Plant Talking Points
Careers in Botany Online booklet and scientist profiles - Grades K-16
BSA Statement on Evolution - Grades K-16
The Botanical Society of America, as part of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), celebrated 2009 as the Year of Science.
The October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Botany includes three articles on efforts to advance science literacy that will remain free for viewing to the public.