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Plants are amazing organisms that provide us with food, building materials, the pleasure of gardens, as well as providing the foundation of critical world ecosystems. Although they may look like they are just stuck in one place and doing not more than growing, they have many, many complex ways in which they respond to the environment. The goal of this STEM Ed session will be to discuss ways that plants can respond to the environment with hands on exercises and exploration of possible classroom activities. Participants will engage in state-of-the art methods of testing plant DNA composition using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), as well as learn and "scheme" how these and other experiments on plant responses to the environment that have been integrated into both middle school and high school curricula can work for you. Please see for some of the resources that can be discussed in this workshop.

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Workshop Overview