We will be taking our first MSTE Friday Lunch Field Trip this week!
The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. On our trip to the Pollinatarium we will learn about pollinators and the BeeSpotter project, a joint project between the MSTE Office with the Department of Entomology for the past 3 years.
Our presenters this week will describe the Merit Programs for Emerging Scholars at the University of Illinois and MIST (Merit Immersion for Students and Teachers) Project as well as share some early results of the impact of the MIST Project.
Frank Petkunas will join us via Polycom this week. Frank is the science department head at our partner school, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. He will be discussing his summer experience in Santa Fe at the Emergent Life Conference, and perhaps the Merit MIST program as well. (Frank and two of his colleagues were part of the Merit MIST program for teachers that we spoke of some last week.)
Professor Morten Lundsgaard will demonstrate a hands-on activity that simulates a way that astronomers look for exoplanets.