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Destructive Emerald Ash Borer Pest Provides Science Learning Opportunity for Kids

Photo of Ohio educators learn to use emerald ash borer as a current issue to teach the process of science to middle school students. Barbara McGuinness, USDA Forest ServiceOhio educators learn to use emerald ash borer as a current issue to teach the process of science to middle school students. Barbara McGuinness, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : This effort has led to the development of a week-long EAB curriculum that gives kids hands-on experience with the process of science while doing real research on an important current issue. It involves students in the entire scientific process by engaging them in research from developing and testing hypotheses to reporting and presenting their findings.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Knight, KathleenRebbeck, Joanne
Research Location : Ohio
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 486

Summary

In 2006, Forest Service scientists in Delaware, OH, embarked on a partnership with local Dempsey Middle School students to understand the ecology and effects of emerald ash borer (EAB). This effort has led to the development of a week-long EAB curriculum that gives kids hands-on experience with the process of science while doing real research on an important current issue. It involves students in the entire scientific process by engaging them in research from developing and testing hypotheses to reporting and presenting their findings. It takes a disaster, EAB, and uses it as a teachable moment to engage kids in the scientific process and understand how scientists tackle important forest health issues. It also features real Forest Service scientists and other scientists' research as examples in homework problems. The week-long EAB curriculum is currently being joined to three other week-long mini-topics - Why Trees Matter, Threats to Forests, and Restoration - and the full month-long program will be available through Ohio State University Extension. All of the lesson plans are aligned with Ohio's state learning standards. Curriculum training was rolled out in 2013 with a series of teacher workshops which have been well-received by traditional and natural resource educators.

Additional Resources

TreEAB Curriculum(external web site)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Ohio Woodland Stewards

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