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Professional Development Opportunities in 2012

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What is your experience with growing Fast Plants?
I've been growing Fast Plants more than five years!
Please describe yourself (in the education world). IMPORTANT NOTE: Any student MEMBER of the network MUST be over 13 years old.
Please describe the average grade level of those who use Fast Plants with you. IMPORTANT NOTE: Any student MEMBER of the network MUST be over 13 years old.
Pre-K, K-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, general public
Please describe the setting(s) in which you use Fast Plants the most.
Individual Project, Public School, Private School, Home School, Museum, Botanical Garden, After-school Program, Senior Center, Other
What is the name of the school or university that you attend or teach/work?
University of Wisconsin -- Madison

www.fastplants.org/pdf/activities/Step_1_Complete-Variation_SCALE.pdf This is a link to the PDF file with approximately 1 week's lessons, including an inquiry into the question: How Fast Are Fast Plants? and investigation into how to make and record observations in a science notebook.

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NSTA in San Francisco

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 9:42am 0 Comments

We are hoping to see those of you going to San Francisco next week for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference at our booth, #600, in the exhibit hall! Did you know this is our 25th anniversary as a Program? We'll write more about that in the next blog entry . . .

It's always great to connect in person and share our latest ventures with those of you who are able to make the trip to NSTA. We will be making discovery necklaces and lenses (with a bit of…


Elementary Learners, Fast Plants and The Science of Spring

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 9:13am 0 Comments

Happy Spring and Hello, Fellow Fast Plant Educators!

You may be interested to know about an online resource for students that was started by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to accompany the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday.

The site is called The… Continue

Getting Started on our Social Network

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 12:30am 1 Comment

WELCOME to the Fast Plants Social Network! Help us build

our community of educators sharing ideas about using Fast Plants to

teach important science ideas.
Here's a link to a Plain English video that explains what a

social network is and gives an overview of how it works.

We've put together a short "road map" about ways to participate on the… Continue

Fast Plants in 2010

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 3:07pm 0 Comments

Happy New Year to all!

Each new note we receive from a teacher, parent, researcher or volunteer who is helping learners plant Fast Plants reminds us how grateful we are to all of you for keeping the world of plants actively present in children's lives.

So many different sources tell us that children have fewer and fewer opportunities now to explore nature outdoors or develop understandings of our interdependent relationships with plants. However, we see time and… Continue

Life Cycle

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 3:59pm 0 Comments

We were surprised to find that the majority of people come to the Fast Plant website through a Google or Yahoo search for plant life cycle. We also realized that we could improve our life cycle webpage by using a mouse rollover to show details about each step in the Fast Plant life… Continue

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At 9:00pm on May 10, 2012, Astrid Helfant said…

Thank you, Hedi, for your welcome. I look forward to learning more about the WFP. My plan indeed is to conduct the AP Investigative Lab - Artificial Selection starting this fall, and so the discussion forum will thus be particularly helpful to me. Considering the emphasis on student-directed labs, I figured it may be a good idea to assign my upcoming AP Bio students as part of their summer assignment to learn as much as they can about WFP in preparation for this first investigation.

At 1:14pm on April 15, 2012, Len W. Brown said…

Thanks so much for the warm welcome!  I was actually quite surprised to learn that I could purchase the WFP seeds as an individual.  Realizing I was able to, I sort of "jumped right in" and ordered the WFP Genetic Sampler that includes 8 different type of FP's.  That was a few months ago.  I still can't keep from chuckling when I took a couple of the standard seeds and planted them and kept watch over them like a mother bird watching her eggs.  I even went so far as to set up a webcam that autoupdated every 5 minutes so I could even check them out when I was at work.  Having mentioned them to many of my co-workers (I work in a large hospital) I was further surprised to find that many of my coworkers were checking in regularly to see the progress of the FP's.  When the first flowers began to open up on the 13th day they couldn't hardly believe it.  Somehow that led to an office joke that is still going strong about "the growing problem of teenage plant pregnancy".  :)  Anyway, I've cleared some space under my plant ligts to start a couple different types of WFP's and learn how to perform my very first hybridization (and I turn 40 next month).  This is definitely more enjoyable than my typical night of channel surfing...

At 10:30am on March 6, 2012, Esperanza Page said…

thank you for such a very heart-warming welcome...

At 9:39am on January 23, 2011, Shakeel said…
yes, I want
and we can help flood area victims in Pakistan,
but frankly i dont have such amount to buy seeds.
hope you will reply
At 11:07am on February 9, 2009, Teresa Strong said…
Thank you for providing this great resource!
At 8:43pm on February 3, 2009, Sheila Dunnigan said…
I am thinking about adding the brassica butterflies this year. How difficult is the process?
At 4:16pm on September 18, 2008, Ruth-Decker Chaney said…
The cute and cuddly critter on my shoulder is a mongoose lemur that lives at the Duke Lemur Center (http://lemur.duke.edu) in Durham, NC, where I volunteered regularly until I moved to TN.
At 1:48pm on September 15, 2008, Jay L. Stern said…
At last my environmental studies program is in existence! Students are gradually populating the class. We have tools, a garden plot and enough funding to get started. Funding came from a small grant from a gardening association, and some of my clients. Goals of the class are many and varied. In addition to the "standard curriculum," we will (a) demonstrate conversion of biowaste to transportation fuel, (b) teach basic economics of crop production, including labor input, (c) provide garden produce to our home economics department to help teach students to cook, (d) teach solar cookery, (e) experiment with aquaculture, involving growing plants in tanks with fish (probably Talapia), and (f) teaching basic genetics.

While I am interested in Wisconsin Fast Plants for several reasons, it is the LAST point mentioned that I think can be most compelling and about which I am writing today. Specifically, can we use Paul's babies to teach genetics the way Gregor Mendel did it? Mendel's pea plants required many seasons. With Brassica, perhaps we can gain insight into dominant and recessive features after just a month. Is this feasible? Please comment.
--Jay L. Stern
At 11:26am on August 13, 2008, Elise said…
Thanks for a warm welcome and I think that the discussion will benefit me and other who want to grow Fast Plants but are on a budget.
At 12:30pm on June 12, 2008, Rick Berken said…
Yeah. I'm working on it. Those photos are on another camera....can't find it!



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