Today students studied plants and how they make food by a process called photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, plants use light energy (sunlight) to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose and oxygen.

Students participated in a game, which modeled the process of photosynthesis wherein students acted as plants and collected sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to convert molecules into glucose and oxygen. For each molecule of glucose created, their plant grew taller.

Students played a second round of the game with new factors that modeled limitations on a plant’s ability to collect the materials for photosynthesis: restricted sunlight, lack of water, or decreased ability to collect carbon dioxide and sunlight when a pest eats leaves. Students had to choose between growing rapidly or storing the glucose to help them grow when materials were not available. Successful plants were able to optimize storing the glucose and using it growing new leaves and roots to access the limited resources

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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