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A Day in the Life of a Botanist
Evolutionary history of plants, how plants work, life cycles, pollinators, why the planet needs plants, and the historic and modern day use of plants, from medicine and clothing, to solving environmental issues. Microscopes, anatomical models, tours of the glasshouses and the carnivorous plants house.
The STEM-based project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of plants and plant sciences through a mixture of practical, group and classroom-based exercises.
Learning outcomes (LOs):
- How we use plants (e.g. medicinal, food, products, algae etc.)
- Variety of plants and plant evolution (including pollination and habitat)
- Parts of a plant and how they work (leaf, root and flower structures, plant cells, seed dispersal)
A Day in the Life of a Botanist involves:
- An introduction to, and explanation of, each LO, and a range of supporting activities, games and experiments that demonstrate each topic
- Tour of the Botanical Garden, glasshouses, hothouses and rare/special species
- Examining plant models and microscope slides
- Creating PowerPoint presentations to deliver to the rest of the group and Wild Elements staff. This involves seeking solutions for actual real-world problems as Laboy-Rush recommends
Each participant will receive a certificate to prove their newfound botanical awareness.
Cross-cutting themes and Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) groups embedded in the session:
- IT skills
- Communication and presentation skills
- Research skills
All activities within the session can be tailored to requirements. The depth each topic is covered depends on the ages, key stage and abilities of participants, with more complex elements reserved for upper key stages. Please contact us to discuss your requirements for your group.
1. The programme follows recommendations and guidelines in the report “Integrated STEM Education through Project-Based Learning” by Diana Laboy-Rush, Solutions Manager at Learning.com.