Science Excellence at the 2015 Show-Me Nature GK-12 Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual BGREEN Research Symposium was a resounding success! The event was held on April 25, 2015 in the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus and featured 87 students scientists. Along with their teachers, graduate student mentors, and undergraduate student interns, these 1st, 4th and 5th graders presented the results of yearlong environmental science research projects to their families, MU faculty, and the public. The projects presented included research from Rock Bridge Elementary on bird diversity and Fairview Elementary on whether native birds prefer seeds of native prairie plants. Several project focused on the health of Columbia streams looking at chemical content (Derby Ridge Elementary), litter (Grant Elementary) and benthic macroinvertebrates to determine water quality (Paxton Keeley Elementary). Students from Midway Heights Elementary presented research on the diversity of fungus on their school grounds, students from Lee Elementary presented research on efficacy of ancient agricultural practices, and the students of Two-Mile Prairie Elementary developed a digital field guide for their school’s forest, prairie and pond habitats. Partners from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Environmental Education Association shared environmental literacy resources with students and families. To read more about the student projects, please check out the 2015 Virtual Symposium link.


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