ShowMe Nature GK-12 fellows, in collaboration with Columbia Access Television (CAT), developed interactive programs that introduce fourth and fifth grade students to an episode in their research that is not normally accessible to the public. Fellows bring their science, be it at the bench or in the prairie, to their students.
Research episodes featured here engage students in genetic analyses to determine the social structure of African elephants, behavioral analyses to understand communication among frogs, ecological studies to explore mutualisms between plants and fungi, and much more! During these interactive broadcasts, fellows ask their students to participate in the scientific process through question-answer sessions, data collection and analysis of data in real-time.
While these are video recordings of the original broadcasts, they can be used in any classroom to engage students in authentic research projects!
2013 Research Broadcasts
- The dark side of restoration: Fungal mutualists
- Using genetics and florescent proteins to study how plants function
- Hearing through the crowd: Communication between frogs
- Producing the CBG protein in bacterial cells
- RNA extraction: One step on the road to making healthier food
2012 Research Broadcasts
- Tree-rings reveal the ecological history of Missouri forests
- Chemical communication: A defense strategy in plants
- Model ORGANism: Using mice to study neurodegenerative diseases
- Bug talk with Mr. Gibson: How insects use vibration to communicate
- Understanding an agricultural pest, the corn rootworm
- DNA reveals the ecology of African elephants