Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) has launched a new website for all those involved in plant science and gardening with young people. SAPS, based at the Botanic Garden, works to support teachers and inspire young people about plant science, making sure our society has the skills we need for a sustainable future.
Plants not only create the atmosphere we need to breathe, but are the raw materials of the food we eat, the fuel we use to live and work, the clothes we wear, and many of the medicines we use. Plant scientists are working at the very forefront of biology today, investigating how to create sustainable food and fuel supplies for the global population, protect biodiversity for future generations, and deepen knowledge of how living organisms evolve and develop.
The SAPS website includes over two hundred resources ranging from outdoor activities for primary pupils to articles and lab protocols for post-16yrs students. Teaching materials are linked to current news stories and research studies, helping teachers to put the lessons into a wider scientific context.
Local biology teacher, Dr George Speller, who took part in the teachers’ group to design the new site, is enthusiastic. “The new website is fantastic, and the rolling photo banner about the importance of plant science is very tempting. I’ve already directed colleagues to the new site, and I’m planning to use the ecology resources with my post-16 students next term, so I’ll show the site to the students then.”
SAPS has also created a free Associates scheme to support teachers and technicians with a particular interest in plant biology. The scheme offers a range of benefits, including advance access to new resources, special access to CPD events, support for developing new teaching resources, and an Ask the Experts service, for all their queries about plant science in the classroom. Over 800 teachers, technicians and education professionals have already joined the Associates scheme, and the SAPS team hopes to have 2000 members before SAPS turns 21 next year.
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