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2017 National Science Teachers Association Conference

NSTA 2017 in Los Angeles

Thank you–everyone–who came to share and learn with us at our booth in the exhibit hall of the LA Convention Center and at the Elementary Extravaganza. We had a blast!

The following is the handout from our booth with hyperlinks to the resources. Please feel free to comment with any additional links you’d like help finding and stories about how you use these resources.

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Recommended Kits for Getting Started with Fast Plants

The following table lists and describes kits that we recommend, particularly if you are new to growing and teaching with Wisconsin Fast Plants.

         Complete Kits

Elementary Exploration of Plant Life Cycles Kit A complete classroom kit for getting started with Wisconsin Fast Plants®. Includes step-by-step instructions for planting, tending, pollinating, and producing seed. Kit includes seeds and planting materials for 8 student groups. Uses deli container growing systems.
Growth, Development, and Reproduction Advanced Classroom Kit A complete classroom kit for getting started with Wisconsin Fast Plants, written for the middle or high school teacher. Includes step-by-step instructions for planting, tending, pollinating, and producing seed for an offspring generation. Uses quads and the plastic shoebox wicking system.
Trial-Sized
Get Acquainted Kit
Get acquainted with growing Fast Plants, using the Fast Plants quad growing system, using this economical, trial-sized kit. Great for observing the life cycle yourself—before introducing your students to Fast Plants materials. Also, for independent investigations. Includes a quad for planting and small deli container as the water reservoir.
Confetti Kit A complete classroom kit, containing the Fast Plants quad growing system and a packet of “confetti” mix seeds, with 8 or more different types of Fast Plants seeds that produce plants varying in height, color, and hairiness.
Monohybrid Genetics Classroom Kit This kit includes everything needed for students to use observations and plant breeding to figure out why non-purple stem plants occur infrequently in Fast Plants offspring generations compared to purple stem plants.
72-Hour Monohybrid Genetics Kit Similar to the monohybrid kit described above, but this alternative kit has students germinate Fast Plants seeds without soil and observe stem color of 3-day-old seedlings. Can be used successfully with natural window light or CFL bulb (24-hour light not necessary).
Who’s the Father? Investigating Genetics Dihybrid (2 traits) Kit A complete classroom kit; includes everything needed for students to use observations, data analysis, and plant breeding to figure out why non-purple stem plants (and yellow-green leaf plants) occur infrequently in Fast Plants offspring generations compared to purple stem (and green leaf) plants.
Life cycle display from Wisconsin Fast Plants Booth: NSTA 2017

Life cycle display from Wisconsin Fast Plants Booth: NSTA 2017

Recommended lessons to download from our Digital Library

Bee-ing an Engineer

Learners gather evidence for explaining that Fast Plants—like other organisms—have a life cycle that includes “birth” or germination, growth, reproduction, and death. Then teams engineer a pollination tool that has structures that function like bees.

The Seed Challenge

Learners predict how many seeds their Fast Plant will produce and engage in planting, growing, observing, and doing supporting learning activities to understand the flowering plant life cycle, structures and functions.

Investigating Environmental Factors and Growth & Development with Fast Plants

Learners construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how nutrients influence the growth of Fast Plants.

Exploring Energy Transformations in Plants

Learners investigate how plants harness and use sources of energy during germination and growth by experimenting—growing Fast Plants in light and dark environments.

Be sure to let us know what other topics and resources you’d like to learn more about, and we’ll add them to our blogging plans!

LED Habitats

Many who visited our booth commented on the beautiful LED lights that we had on display: https://ledhabitats.com. For all who were interested, here is a link to the LED Habitats website, and remember that you can use the “contact” form to request an educational discount for purchases that will be used in a classroom or other educational setting.

Thanks again to all who came to visit us in LA, and sorry to miss those of you who were not able to make the trek or were busy with other great sessions during Exhibit Hall hours–we’ll hope to see you all again, soon!