Botanical Society of America: Plant IT Careers, Cases, and Collaborations

  • External evaluation of Botanical Society of America Plant IT project 2007–2010
  • Project to engage students in collaborative experiences integrating IT and plant biology
  • Student-Teacher-Scientist Collaborations allow teachers and students to share data and experiences
  • Funding source: National Science Foundation (NSF), subcontract from Botanical Society of America

BSCS was engaged as external evaluator for the Botanical Society of America’s Plant IT project in 2010 to assess the project goals. Plant IT is an NSF-supported project designed to engage secondary students and teachers in active, collaborative science experiences that integrate IT in the context of plant biology. It allows students to consider diverse plant science career pathways and provides them with opportunities to conduct, design, and discuss plant investigations. It prepares teachers to use IT tools and investigative case-teaching strategies in the classroom. Through Student-Teacher-Scientist Collaborations, teachers and students share data and experiences on a collaboratively developed research topic and communicate with practicing scientists.

Summer institutes for teachers and students were conducted at Texas A&M for the past three summers. The final summative report for the project will be submitted in September 2011.

Click here to learn more about the Botanical Society of America project.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0737669. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.