Participation in this partnership will:
- Link your students to the scientific world and actively involve them in
authentic scientific research. Contributing locally collected data to an authentic research base makes
student learning both relevant and meaningful.
- Provide opportunities for your students to develop science skills of:
observation, data collection, species identification, measurement, inquiry,
teamwork. Engaging students in this partnership will allow them to function
as amateur scientists, learning the process of science by doing science.
- Help you develop in your students an
understanding of the ecological impact of non-indigenous, invasive plants and the
utilization of biological control methods to manage them. Participating
schools will have access to our interactive website with the following
features: additional information & links to other sites addressing
invasive species and biological control; data entry, visualization, and archive;
school profiles & contributions; FAQ; research updates; ability to communicate
with other participating schools; insect identification slides; protocols and
instructions for all tasks; teacher chat corner; scientist profiles; and chat
with the scientist sessions.
- Provide you with ideas for further involvement. Continued exploration and
experimentation are encouraged, especially in partnership with local natural
resource agencies and/or in collaborations with one or more of the other
participating schools across the continental U.S.
- Provide scientists and researchers with nation wide data on the
abundance and distribution of Phragmites australis and the
identification and spread of insects living on or in it
- Provide scientists and researchers with data regarding the
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