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Student Opportunity: Planting Science

25 Aug 2022 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

PlantingScience is an online mentoring program that has been connecting real plant scientists with 6th-12th grade classrooms since 2005. Participating classrooms make use of one of our standards-aligned themes to engage students in a guided inquiry around a plant topic (photosynthesis, germination, cells and tissues, food production, etc.).  As each student team plans and carries their investigation, they are assigned a plant scientist mentor who communicates with them via an online message board.  You can see an example of a successful project here.  


At the end of each session, completed student projects can be nominated for consideration for a Star Project award.  Students whose projects are selected receive T-shirts and prizes, as well as commemoration on our website.  Many have carried their projects on to other science fairs as well.


Some important points to note:

  • Our program is NSF funded, and cost-free to teachers.  For some modules we will even mail out materials to teachers participating in the mentorship session.  

  • Student anonymity is protected.  Students receive an anonymous login using first names only.  All communication with students is visible to the teacher.

  • The Fall session runs from September 14-November 30th.  Participating teachers can start anytime after September 14th; we just ask that they plan to be finished by November 30th.

For logistical reasons, we can accommodate a maximum of 30 teachers per session. Currently we have about 10 openings remaining for the Fall 2022 session

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know!


The PlantingScienceTeam

PSteam@plantingscience.org ~ 314-669-1489 ~ 4475 Castleman Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110


Jennifer Hartley, PS Program Supervisor ~ jhartley@botany.org

Dr. Catrina Adams, PS Program Director ~ cadams@botany.org


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