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‘Invisible Forest’ Curriculum

By Claudia Ludwig
Baliga Lab Education Program Manager

The past nine days have been exciting for the Baliga Lab. Dr. Anne Thompson and I have been working with eight teachers to begin the process of translating Anne’s oceanography research on the Invisible Forest into curriculum that offers a hands-on, engaging experience for high school students. The group developed the framework and drafted lessons that will PD5A8967be field tested this year. The two weeks of lessons bring together biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering and art to guide students through a problem-based exercise that relies on big data, technology and art to better share information. The group will expand and continue to work together over the next two years of this collaborative project between ISB and Portland State University.

2016 Summer Invisible Forest Team of Educators:

  • Amanda Cope; Science and Math Teacher at Leaders in Learning, Monroe School District, WA
  • Barb Steffens; Biology Teacher at Shorecrest High School, WA
  • Emily Borden; Biology and Horticulture Teacher at Eastlake High School
  • Jeannine Sieler; Chemistry Teacher at Bellevue High School, WA
  • Mari Herbert; Biology, Oceanography, and Chemistry Teacher at Lynden High School, WA
  • Mark Buchli; Physics and Chemistry Teacher at Liberty High School, WA
  • Michael Walker; Biology Teacher, Olympic High School, WA
  • Uzma Khalil; Chemistry Teacher and Examination Officer, Al Arqam Academy Doha, Qatar

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