Oct. 5, 2012 5 – 8 pm

  When and Where? Plant Science Family Night is October 5, 2012 at Ventana Vista School located north of Sunrise at 6085 N Kolb Road from 5 - 8pm. The amazing night of SCIENCE is FREE….. except dinner which needs to be pre-paid! Use the order form at the bottom of this page.

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What is Plant Science Family Night? Plant Science Family Night is hours of engaging, hands-on fun exploring plant sciences. As a family, your K-5 children will work with University of Arizona scientists and Tucson community experts in the fields of genomics, agriculture, chemistry, optics, and botanical sciences to explore m    fro to  observe, DNA, cells, plants, nutrition, survival and adaptations of plants. There are numerous opportunities g in stop compare, analyze, and create…… you can design a microbe, build DNA candy, non-­‐ will ark extract DNA and you p even d     ur   lb   Café from a plant. The evening is open to all CFSD families and friends. Except un your dinner (Createan and for in   es  r oFUN!o of  Ko Jamba Juice) the whole evening is FREE to participants. JOIN THEttl i   r   u SCIENCE n t h !  



You  are  invited   to  join  the  fun   with  your  family!  

• “Build a Cactus” to learn about our desert plants, parts of a cactus, functions of the parts and focus on survival in our ecology. • Design a microbe or phytoplankton, make an Earth Bracelet or build a cactus.. it is all fun while learning about plants! • Herbivores are everywhere….. animals need plants and plants need animals….. systems are interaction. • Take home to grow a live cactus, win a tour of the UA BIO5 labs, or other free gifts • Discover how could DNA research about rice or maize can … Feed the World Our thanks in advance to the over 50 University of Arizona researchers, scientists, Tucson community experts, CFHS Honor students for their E3 (energy, expertise, efforts) and time to make PLANT SCIENCES come ALIVE and oh oh oh so much FUN!




Our thanks to Dr. Rod Wing and NSF for encouraging and supporting our PSFN. To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Caryl Jones at cjones@cals.arizona.edu

  The  doors  open  at  5  p.m.    Here  is  a  general  map  of  the  30  hands-­‐on  science  activities  and  other   areas  of  interest  at  PSFN  on  October  5th  from  5-­‐8pm  at  Ventana  Vista.    You  may  want  to  plan  ahead   your  choices.      Two  areas  have  limited  “seating”  and  tickets  will  be  available  at  the  front  gate  when   you  arrive.    Jimmy  Stewart’s  Weather  Bus  (5pm,  6pm,  7pm)  and  Dr.  Uwe  Hilgerts  presentation   (6:30pm)  “Is  there  DNA  in  Baby  Food?”  will  help  you  understand  the  mysteries  of  DNA.      



• Plant  Science  Family  Night  (PSFN)  will:  Cultivate  and  sustain  a  community   informed  by  the  content  of  science,  inspired  by  its  wonder,  convinced  of  its   value,  and  prepared  to  engage  with  its  implications  for  our  future.  
  • Engage  your  family  in  science.    Families  will  enjoy  the  freedom  of  learning  together.  PSFN  is  organized  around  plant   science  concepts,  knowledge  and  scientific  skills.    The  awe  and  wonderment  of  plant  sciences  is  enhanced  with  an   organization  that  is  designed  to  help  students  discover  answers  to  these  questions:    What  is  a  plant?    How  do  we  use   and  enjoy  plants?    How  do  plants  reproduce  and  grow?    How  do  plants  interact  with  animals  in  nature?  How  do  plants   adapt  to  different  and  changing  environments?     • Inspire  exploration  and  learning.      PSFN  will  provide  a  structured  learning  environment  where  families  have  the   opportunity  to  explore  their  understanding  of  plant  science  concepts.  Stations  are  organized  with  professional   expertise,  clear  instructions  and  ample  materials  to  enhance  the  family's  learning  experience.  Center  formats  are   presented  in  hands-­‐on,  demonstration  or  lecture.    Students  will  be  given  SCIENCE  NOTEBOOKS  to  record  their  ideas,   observations  and  what  they've  learned  during  the  evening.         • Connect  with  classroom  instruction.    PSFN  provides  an  environment  where  students  can  enhanced  their  understanding   of  plant  science  content  and  important  process  skills  by  applying  their  knowledge  in  a  "laboratory-­‐type"  environment.    The  centers  connect  to  our  CFSD  and  Arizona  science  curricula  and  to  the  12  Principles  of  Plant  Biology.     • Encourage  positive  attitudes  about  science.    Plant  Science  and  the  scientific  thinking  process  are  part  of  our  daily  life.   Show  your  children  "science"  in  everyday  life.  Discover  the  mysteries  of  plant  DNA  and  build  a  model  of  DNA,  learn   about  farming  and  the  economy  in  Arizona-­‐  cotton  and  chili  peppers,  explore  the  parts  of  plants  and  their  functions,   observe  bees  -­‐  our  important  pollinators,  build  your  own  saguaro  cactus  and  uncover  what  each  part  does  to  help   survival,  dig  into  soils  from  around  the  world  and  test  the  chemistry  of  soil,  compare  seeds  so  small  you  need  a   microscope  and  seeds  so  weird  they  do  not  look  like  seeds,  examine  the  nutrition  labels  on  food  boxes,  identify  the   taxonomy  of  plant  families,  understand  the  interdependence  of  plants  and  animals,  classify  leaves  of  plants  to   understand  our  Tucson  trees,  observe  the  tree  rings  in  trees  many  hundreds  of  years  old,  explore  the  nature  of  wiggly   worms,  see  how  gravity  influences  plant  growth,  observe  the  impact  of  light/optics  making  a  difference  and  discover   Mastodons  are  herbivores  -­‐  are  you?  Native  Plants  in  Tucson.     So  much  to  do…  so  little  time.    Arrive  at  5:00,  pick  up  your  SCIENCE  JOURNALS,  plan  your  schedule  on  the  map…….  Get   going  with  SCIENCE!      Invite  your  friends  and  families.    This  is  a  CFSD  community  event  supported  through  an  NSF  grant   awarded  to  VV  Parent,  Dr.  Rod  Wing,  University  of  Arizona  Genomics  Institute  and  Ag  Department.    Thank  you  to  our  other   essential  sponsor  Ventana  Vista  FFO.                  Questions:  cjones@cals.arizona.edu