Challenge 6: Shade our Schools – Leaves are Cool!

For Groups — Maximum points: 400 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Despite rising temperatures, plants may be able to use different tricks to regulate their leaf temperatures and avoid overheating. Similar to how humans sweat to cool down, plants can use transpiration to lower their leaf temperatures. However, as many scientists predict decreases in rainfall and increasing temperatures for many parts of the world – including much of the tropics and subtropics – those plants that rely on transpiration to keep cool may be especially threatened by global climate change. This year, students will help scientists at the University of Miami to conduct a series of experiments to characterize transpiration rates across different plant species to see which species fare best in the future. Students will use standardized methods to collect scientific data and will create an illustrated field journal documenting their observation. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 14, 2020 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Data Requirements:
 Collect transpiration data for at least 2 plant species as per Shade Our Schools protocol
 Data sheets must include leaf area measurements
 Data sheets must be filled out completely (including the “notes” section)
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)
✓  Journal Requirements:
 Title page of field journal must clearly indicate school name, teacher name(s), and how many students or classes were involved in the collection of data and the creation of field journal
 Field journal must include a combination of text, labeled drawings, photos and graphs summarizing the results
 Field journal must include an analysis of the results and conclusions
 Field journal must be 8.5” x 11” or less, and 12 double-sided pages or less, (this will be total 24 pages for electronic entries) excluding the front and back cover pages. Pages cannot include additional attachments or be used as pockets 
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)


REQUIRED SHADE OUR SCHOOLS VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. To register, please click here.

FAIRCHILD FIELD TRIP EXTENSION: 
Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: 
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 6 Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 6 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES: 
Welcome Video – NEW!
Research Protocols – NEW!
Protocols Video (Spanish Version) – NEW!
Data Sheets – NEW!
1-cm grid paper

SOS Workshop Recordings and Presentations
Part I – Dr. Kenneth Feeley 
(University of Miami)
Dr. Kenneth Feeley Presentation
Part II – Dr. Tim Perez (University of British Columbia)
Dr. Tim Perez Presentation
Part III – Olga Tserej (University of Miami)
Olga Tserej Presentation

iNaturalist Resources
Getting Started with iNaturalist
A Teacher’s Guide to iNaturalist
Video Tutorials

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