Educational Resources

Educational materials: “Introduction to Scientific Collections and Museum Databases

The following is an educational lesson aimed at the high school level that utilizes the Kansas State University Herbarium database to learn about collections and explore databased collections information. These materials were developed by KSU Division of Biology and Herbarium graduate student Susan Rolfsmeier during summer 2011, and grew in part from her experience as an NSF GK-12 fellow through the EIDRoP program (www.ksu.edu/gk12). We gratefully acknowledge that grant (DGE-0841414, PI C. Ferguson), previous collaboration and discussion from USD475 teachers Becky Steiger and Drew Ising, and the KSU BiodIS project (www.ksu.edu/biodis). A related lesson (“This Place You Call Home: The Flora of Your County”, which utilizes a different interface for collections information) is available through the Herbarium website (http://www.k-state.edu/herbarium/education.html). Please send any comments regarding these materials to herbarium@ksu.edu.

Educational materials: “Plant Collections” - developed by Tonia Carlson, Wabaunsee County High

These materials are an educational lesson aimed at the high school level and focused on collection of plant specimens for herbaria. These materials were developed by former Wabaunsee County High School teacher Tonia Carlson as part of her experience as an NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) scholar during the summer of 2008 (through an NSF BRC grant). We gratefully acknowledge that grant (DBI-0544980, Co-PIs C. Ferguson & M. Mayfield), and KSU Herbarium staff and students. Please send any comments regarding these materials to herbarium@ksu.edu.