New! Inquiring about Plants E-book
||A go-to resource for high school teachers and college faculty to help you create a culture of inquiry in your classroom.
We are currently offering a limited number of print copies to supporters of PlantingScience who contribute $25 or more to the program. CLICK HERE to contribute and receive a print copy of the book.
Help us reach more students with authentic science experiences, and gain a resource for improving your own teaching at the same time. Buy the e-book now!
All proceeds support the PlantingScience program.
Help us grow!
We need your help to expand this unique program into more classrooms. Your donation will give students the opportunity to develop critical inquiry skills through the actual process of science. It will inspire new generations of scientists.
Gearing up for Fall 2014
September 15 - November 21
How can your class participate?
Our teachers value an inquiry approach, integrate the three dimensions of the next generation science standards into their teaching, and bring technology into their school.
Does this describe you?
If so, please consider applying for an upcoming session.
We are accepting new teacher registrations and are now recruiting teachers for Spring 2015. Learn how
Interested in becoming a scientist mentor?
Our scientists are concerned with improving science literacy, willing to donate their time to mentor students and excited to share their passion for the plant sciences.
We are currently recruiting for the upcoming Fall session (Sept 15 through Nov 21).
Want to help?
Volunteer as a scientist mentor
We are excited to unveil some new PlantingScience resources. You will now see some new icons and links on the student, mentor, and teacher pages.
Check out our new Roadmap through an Investigation and the new Plant Investigation Toolkit for tips to help guide you through your plant science project. On our new Partners' Links page you find many websites useful for teaching and learning about plants and about careers in the plant sciences.
What Participants are Saying
"I love this opportunity for kids. It is the best thing that I have to get kids interacting with a “community” of people trying to understand a small aspect of the world in a scientific way. It gets kids interested because they have choice in the question and design, they have opportunity to get their hands on stuff and use the computer to connect with people from around the country. How cool of a learning opportunity is that?"
"It is a lot of fun interacting with students from an age group I don’t have the chance to spend a lot of time with. It is a good reminder of where public knowledge of plant science stands, and a great opportunity for me to practice explaining key concepts in a simple and straightforward way."
— PlantingScience Scientist Mentor
"I liked having the advantage to speak with scientists from other areas around the world and looking at other experiments being done by other students. This to me helped give my group and I more ideas for our experiment and it kind of showed us how we could improve ours and make it a little more detailed with less problems."
— PlantingScience Student