Forty students from Mill Creek, Blue Ridge and Shepard Elementary Schools had a terrific day of science at the University of Missouri on March 1, 2013. It was a triumphant finale for the ShowMe Nature Science Safari series this year.
Students were engaged, respectful and thoughtful as they helped graduate student scientists discern the nature of a plant-fungal relationship, identify frogs based on their call structure and map their distributions, and isolate DNA from strawberries and bananas. They spent six hours exploring, collaborating, and working to solve problems posed by graduate student scientists in the GK12 program.
Prescriptive science lessons were jettisoned and completely replaced with research modeled purposeful inquiry. As adult chaperones commented, Fellows exemplified the kinds of teachers any parent would want to have in their child’s classroom.