Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MBG: Plant Adaptations

This week I am authoring a curriculum that challenges students to design a Mars spacesuit inspired by plant structure and function. Some possible ideas from the kiddos are a solar powered suit (chlorophyll), a dust repellent layer (lotus effect), and science probes that disperse in the wind (winged seeds).

One of my go to resources for understanding plant basics and adaptions is from Missouri Botanical Garden. Simple videos, descriptions that are kid friendly, and a nice layout of plant adaptions based on geography. Nothing fancy here, just essential content.