BFA Students Attend Summer Research Workshop

Target 1Student-Centered Learning
FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote
collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will participate in a global dialogue to engage in authentic investigation and problem solving with partners located outside of their school
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BFA High School students Samantha King and Devan Borthwick recently attended a four-day workshop with Science teacher Thomas Lane involving research on carbon sequestration in plants at St. Michael’s College.

(BFA students Devan Borthwick (left) and Samantha King set-up an experiment to measure transpiration rate in Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) at the “Leaves of Green” workshop, St. Michael’s College.)

(BFA students Devan Borthwick (left) and Samantha King set-up an experiment to measure transpiration rate in Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) at the “Leaves of Green” workshop, St. Michael’s College.)

The “Leaves of Green” workshop, hosted by the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at Saint Michael’s College, is an opportunity for high school teachers and students to explore how carbon is assimilated and partitioned by plants and how these processes affect agriculture, global climate change, and biofuel production.

(BFA high school student Samantha King transfers yeast solution to fermentation tubes to analyze carbohydrate levels.)

(BFA high school student Samantha King transfers yeast solution to fermentation tubes to analyze carbohydrate levels.)

This program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.   It was developed by a consortium from the University of Missouri, Purdue University, University of Florida, University of Nebraska, Saint Michael’s College, and VT EPSCoR (Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research).  Students conducted experiments in stomatal density, transpiration, photosynthetic rate and sugar concentration using lab equipment provided by Saint Michael’s College.

Students conducted research on a project they developed. At the conclusion of the workshop they presented an oral report of their work.

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Samantha and Devon decided to examine how relative atmospheric humidity effected photosynthetic rate.

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(BFA student Devan Borthwick sets up an experiment to measure relative humidity vs photosynthetic rate of Malus sieboldii (flowering crab apple) using a growth chamber, CO2, O2 and humidity Vernier sensors. Samantha King (in the foreground) collects data.)

(BFA student Devan Borthwick sets up an experiment to measure relative humidity vs photosynthetic rate of Malus sieboldii (flowering crab apple) using a growth chamber, CO2, O2 and humidity Vernier sensors. Samantha King (in the foreground) collects data.)

The “Leaves of Green” workshop was a fantastic experience.  It gave students the opportunity to conduct authentic research, learn laboratory techniques and work with college professors and students from around the state of Vermont.

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