Family Science Investigations: Tree Mechanics
Trees are magnificent examples of nature’s engineering. These giants of the plant kingdom pump massive amounts of water to dizzying heights, mount defensive attacks against armies of insects, and stand up to hurricane-force winds. At the same time they manage to feed themselves, provide homes for a multitude of organisms, and produce oxygen for our planet.
In this class we study the strategies different tree species use to: weather severe winds, pump water to their leaves, and disperse seeds. We will learn the all important role of the cambium layer in creating the tree’s trunk and the function of xylem and phloem cells. We will also core trees to obtain samples which record the effects of local climate and competition. This class has both indoor and outdoor components.
Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!
Program Instructor: Bob Alderink, Coordinator for Natural World investigate Lab.
Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form and Health Form with payment.
For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.