Amanda Goes to the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research!

by Melissa Harding


This summer, science educator Amanda Joy took some time off from teaching camp to attend an intensive professional development workshop at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for Plant Research, located on the campus of Cornell University. Selected as 1 of 10 educators from around the country, Amanda participated in this one-week workshop focused on curriculum development in plant biology–a subject that we often teach at Phipps. This workshop not only taught participants how to create curricula around recent advances in science teaching, plant biology and the National Science Education Standards, but more effective ways to teach botany in classroom and lab settings.

The workshop itself consisted of hands-on laboratory investigations, lectures, and plant seminars with educators and current botanical researchers. Participants were also required to complete nightly homework assignments and use their new content knowledge to create standards-based curricula for their schools and institutions. Participants made connections with both current plant researchers and each other, creating a network of well-informed educators. They also had a chance to tour the BTI greenhouses, labs, and grounds, which are where much of the institute’s plant research takes place. In addition to the workshop itself, participants were given a vast number of resources on current cutting edge plant research topics, such as bio-energy, plant breeding, plant pathology and more. Amanda is very excited to integrate her new knowledge into our programs at Phipps!

To learn more about the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, check out their Center for Plant Science Teaching and Learning.

The above photo was taken by Cory Doman, photography intern.

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