Tennessee Environmental Educators Connect Biodiversity & Probability

Kelly Sturner presenting at the Tennessee Environmental Educators Association Conference

Kelly Sturner presents at the Tennessee Environmental Educators Association Conference

NIMBioS showcased its “Measuring Biodiversity with Probability” at the Tennessee Environmental Educators Association Conference last week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The conference drew¬†114 environmental educators from across the state to a day and a half of sessions on environmental education, field trips, music of the mountains, campfires and more at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Kelly Sturner, NIMBioS Education & Outreach Coordinator, presented the biodiversity NIMBioS module which was published in NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher magazine. Since time to go outside was limited, teachers used Backyard Bug Counters (available from Learning Resources) to tally up totals of insects found in mock plots and calculate Simpson’s Index of Biodiversity.

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