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PSC Discovery Program for Youth

English title PSC Discovery Program for Youth
Applicant Zeeman Samuel C.
Number 158542
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Departement Umweltsystemwissenschaften ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Molecular Biology
Start/End 01.04.2015 - 31.03.2018
Approved amount 175'440.00
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All Disciplines (9)

Discipline
Molecular Biology
Biophysics
Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Botany
Cellular Biology, Cytology
Ecology
Biochemistry
Environmental Research
Genetics

Keywords (6)

Young people; Innovation; Tinkering; Inquiry-based learning; Global change; Plant Sciences

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Die PSC Discovery Programm für Jugendliche möchte Innovationen in der Pflanzenforschung und deren Nutzen für die Gesellschaft sichtbar machen. Von April 2015 bis Juli 2017, werden 15+ WissenschaftlerInnen und Kommunikatorinnen des Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center zusammen mit Lehrpersonen des ETH MINT Lernzentrum verschiedene Workshops für die Sekundarstufe entwickeln und durchführen. Die Workshops werden viele spannende Experimente und Diskussionsformate rund um das Thema Innovation in der Pflanzenforschung anbieten. Für jedes Experiment werden Lernziele formuliert, die sich nach dem im Lehrplan 21 formulierten Kompetenzen und Aufträgen orientieren. Die Experimente können als forschendes Lernen (inquiry-based learning) angeleitet werden.
Lay summary

Die PSC Discovery Programm für Jugendliche möchte Innovationen in der Pflanzenforschung und deren Nutzen für die  Gesellschaft sichtbar machen. Von April 2015 bis Juli 2017, werden 15+ WissenschaftlerInnen und Kommunikatorinnen des Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center zusammen mit Lehrpersonen des ETH MINT Lernzentrum verschiedene Workshops für die Sekundarstufe entwickeln und durchführen. Die Workshops werden viele spannende Experimente und Diskussionsformate rund um das Thema Innovation in der Pflanzenforschung anbieten. Dazu gehören z. B. der Einsatz von hochentwickelten Technologien wie die 3D-Mikroskopie und die Analyse von pflanzlichen Genomen, neue Verfahren in der Pflanzenzüchtung sowie Modelle für Zukunftsvorhersagen für Klimawandel.  Für jedes Experiment werden Lernziele formuliert, die sich nach dem im Lehrplan 21 formulierten Kompetenzen und Aufträgen orientieren. Die Experimente können als forschendes Lernen (inquiry-based learning) angeleitet werden.
Die Discovery Workshops werden durch ausserschulischen Angebote ergänzt. Verschiedene Tüftelaktivitäten und Olympiaden (z.B. Bugnplay.ch) werden der Leidenschaft und Begeisterung für Innovationen einen Experimentierraum geben. Im Jahr 2016, lädt eine ganzjährige Klimagarten Installation im Botanischen Garten der Universität Zürich zu Experimenten, Schulklassenführungen  und Veranstaltungen rund um das Thema Klimaveränderung und nachhaltigem Verhalten ein.

Organisatoren: Seit 2010 bringt das Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center die pflanzenwissenschaftliche Forschung in den Schul- und Familienalltag. Das PSC ist ein Kompetenzzentrum für Pflanzenwissenschaften und vertritt über 500 Forschende der ETH Zürich sowie der Universitäten Zürich und Basel. Die Workshops werden über das Life Science Learning Center, das Science Lab der Universität Zürich, der Verein GLOBE Schweiz und das Schweizerische Life Science Schulprogamm von Science et Cité angeboten.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 04.03.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Verein GLOBE Schweiz, Phaenonet, Eric Wyss Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, M. Paschke, M. Dahinden, J. Schläpfer, C. Rapo Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Migros Kulturprozent, Dominik Landwehr Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Communications Departments ETH Zurich, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
EducETH MINT Lernzentrum, Ralph Schuhmacher, Patrick Faller Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Life Science Learning Center, Prof. Daniel Kiper Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Big Data in medicine and plant sciences International 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: 3D-Mikrokopie German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Adaptive Evolution German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Biokommunikation German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Klimawandel German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Metabolisms German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Moderne Pflanzenzucht German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) PSC Discovery Workshops: Symbiose German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Climate Garden 2085: Handbook for a public experiment International 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Klimagarten 2085: Handbuch für ein öffentliches Experiment German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) PSC Facebook German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Was erforschen Pflanzenwissenschaftlerinnen? German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Klimagarten 2085 - art and science exhibition German-speaking Switzerland 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Klimagarten 2085 Blog Blog International German-speaking Switzerland 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Klimagarten Facebook German-speaking Switzerland International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Plant Science at School Website German-speaking Switzerland International 2015

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
171682 PSC Creative Camps for Youth 01.04.2017 Agora
159767 Breeding systems and germline development - evolutionary genomic analysis using Arabidopsis relatives 01.06.2015 Project funding (Div. I-III)
150838 Lightsheet Fluorescence Microscopy 01.12.2013 R'EQUIP
130794 Common mycorrhizal networks: Impact on biodiversity, ecosystem function and sustainable land use 01.06.2010 Project funding (Div. I-III)
136273 CarboCount CH: Quantifying greenhouse gas fluxes and their sensitivity to climate variations: A case study in Central Europe and Switzerland 01.01.2012 Sinergia
138983 FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS OF GRASS REPRODUCTIVE TRAITS 01.10.2012 SNSF Professorships
127155 Adaptive genetic variation and plant adaptation to environmental heterogeneity (AVE) 01.04.2010 Sinergia
133863 Live Cell Imaging to study dynamic developmental processes and protein-protein intertactions in planta 01.12.2011 R'EQUIP
134200 Transcriptomic analysis of polyploid species using second generation sequencers: how are they tolerant of broader range of environmental stresses? 01.02.2011 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
145021 Advancing Quantitative and Post-Translational Modification Proteomics by Latest Generation Mass Spectrometry 01.07.2013 R'EQUIP
146373 The role of diffuse radiation for a long-term arable crop rotation at Oensingen, Switzerland (Acronym: DiRad Oensingen) 01.04.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)
140917 Recurrent patterns in molecular adaptation and speciation: evolutionary genomic analysis using Arabidopsis relatives 01.06.2012 Project funding (Div. I-III)
138248 Insecticidal activity in root-colonizing plant-beneficial pseudomonads: Molecular mechanisms and exploitation for pest control 01.01.2012 Project funding (Div. I-III)
148857 Discovery of factors regulating carbohydrate storage in plants: implications for biotechnological improvement of crops for food and for clean, green technologies. 01.08.2014 Bilateral programmes

Abstract

The PSC Discovery Program for Youth aims to highlight the trends of plant science research, convey a passion for its innovations and thus inspire the next generation of inventors, scientists and engaged citizens. From Mar 2015 to Jun 2017, scientists from the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) will develop inquiry-based science education (IBSE) content for young people in secondary school classes - engaging with some of the latest innovations in plant science research. This includes for example advanced 3D microscopy, novel breeding methods, “omics” technologies and predictive evolutionary and climate change models. +13 leading research groups will work together with a team of science communicators and educators as well as experts in school curriculum (MINT Lernzentrum) development to transform innovative science into engaging, hands-on experiments and learning materials, open dialogue formats and take homes. We will encourage young people to make cognitive connections between science and society, global and local issues, and to see the relevance of science for their own lives. Every learning activity is embedded in an inquiry-based (IBSE) framework within well-defined guidelines. Our focus will be on mapping the learning objectives within these classroom activities with the competencies described in Lehrplan 21 to make sure that teachers can implement the classroom trainings in the pupils’ portfolios. The workshops will be offered on demand via regional learning centers accredited locations for classroom training (e.g. Life Science Learning Center / Science Lab) and established/highly recognized Swiss platforms offering school class training (e.g. Verein GLOBE Schweiz, Swiss Life Science School Program of Science et Cite).Out of school activities: In parallel to each workshop we would like to inspire the young people to invent their own plant science and technology related innovations. These products can be developed in class or outside of class in the TüftelLabor facilities, our own laboratories, or the newly established Klimagarten at the University of Zurich. The young inventors will get feedback from our science educators and can enter the product in the Migros Bugnplay.ch competition and/or Swiss Scientific Olympiads. Visible and reusable: The contents will be developed so that they can be easily reproduced by for example young scientists, student helpers, teachers or trainers from the regional learning centers. Workshop guidelines and teaching materials will be published in a booklet: “Inquiry-based learning in Innovative Plant Sciences” and on an online learning platform (OLAT). The workshops will also be offered during other public events, such as the annual national “Fascination of Plants Day” organized by the PSC, Treffpunkt Science City, Scientifica, the Bicentennial of the Swiss Academy of Science.The Organizers: The PSC (www.plansciences.ch) is a competence center of the Universities of Zurich and Basel, and ETH Zurich. It is internationally and nationally well recognized. Around 500 plant science researchers contribute to understanding and solving global challenges through a true interdisciplinary network that allows us to draw from broad expertise. Researchers and staff of the PSC have many years of combined experience in science communication and education, from interactive exhibit building to teacher continuing education.
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