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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Science Camp 2009

This is the third summer that Pleasant Valley Conservancy has hosted the UW Madison Biocore Summer Science Camp. This project, centered on the Wisconsin Heights Schools, has the goal of inculcating scientific method for Middle School students. The official title is Biocore Outreach Ambassador Program. There are several science categories, one of which is Prairie Restoration Ecology. In addition to learning about prairie biology, each student carries out a specific research project. Many of these projects are centered on prairie insects, an ideal focus for these young learners.

This year the program also has a component for K-12 teachers. The teachers work and observe the Middle School students in the mornings, and then stay for the afternoons to discuss in some detail the lessons learned.


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