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Growing Curiosity: Taking Plant Science into the Community

By Courtney Price


IMPACT. 1: ABRC and CAPS support K-12 science education through hands-on programs for students both on-campus and in schools, professional development for teachers, participation in science education conferences, online access to Greening the Classroom modules, and free Arabidopsis seeds for teachers. In 2016, we reached more than 1,500 teachers and approximately 500 students through our focus on K-12 programming. -- 2. Recognizing the importance of informal education experiences, our Centers are developing community partnerships and participating in public programs to raise awareness about the importance of plants. Over the past year we have received support from the Building with Biology project, and the ASPB Plant BLOOME grant to strengthen partnerships and create new program opportunities in Central Ohio and beyond. In 2016, our public programs reached more than 2,500 individuals. -- 3. CAPS strives to promote interdisciplinary team science throughout The Ohio State University and beyond with programs such as the TPS Graduate Program, Functional Genomics Workshops, CAPS Seminar Series and more.OSU PARTNERS: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Engineering; Center for Applied Plant Sciences; Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center; Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; Biological Sciences GreenhouseCOMMUNITY PARTNERS: Columbus City School District; Hilliard City School District; Olentangy Local School District; Pickerington Local School District; Circleville City School District; COSI; Franklin Park ConservatoryPRIMARY CONTACT: Courtney Price (, the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) are expanding their efforts to engage students and the community in learning about plants. CAPS' efforts focus on connecting people through team science and raising awareness about the potential plants have to help solve some of the difficult challenges facing humanity. ABRC continues to focus on K-12 education, using plants as a model to teach a variety of science concepts

Publisher: Ohio State University. Office of Outreach and Engagement
Year: 2017
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Provided by: KnowledgeBank at OSU

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