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- Merritt, E., Bowers, N., & Rimm-Kaufman, S. (2019). Making connections: Elementary students’ ideas about electricity and energy resources. Renewable Energy, 138, 1078-1086.*
- Merritt, E.G. & Bowers, N. (2019). Cultivating community through a Chefs in the Garden program. Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, VI(3), 56-65.*
Focusing on the Southwest Desert ecoregion, this conference addresses the need for research on effective instructional methods that can be used to support students' science learning in school gardens. The conference will lead to the development of an ecoregional model for garden-based science teaching (GBST) that builds on regional ecological and cultural resources to engage teachers and students in richer and more relevant science learning experiences.