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Summer 2013

01/08/13  |  London

Measuring connection to nature in children

RSPB and the University of Essex developed the Connection to Nature Index, a scientific and practical methodology to measure connection to nature in children aged between 8 and 12.

19/07/13  |  London

Beyond Biology - Plants in STEM subjects: Chemistry

As organic chemistry and biology are so intrinsically linked there is a great deal of crossover, and it doesn’t take much to discover ways in which plants relate to the chemical sciences. This post presents some fairly recognizable concepts but there are a few more unusual examples – such as how plants can “communicate” using chemical signals. And, as always, there are lots of useful links to resources for using plants to teach chemistry.

12/07/13  |  London

Beyond Biology - Plants in STEM subjects: Maths

The latest in our series of Plants and STEM posts looks at some unusual connections between plants and mathematics. Always looking to increase and inspire the up-take of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in schools, botanic gardens provide great outdoor learning sites to use plants to encourage inquiry-based learning for a wide range of subjects (not just biology!).

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