An Inquiry-Based Approach to Science
Are gorillas more likely to be right-handed than left-handed? Can ants really be farmers?
Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and host of the wants to take you and your students to the zoo to find out! In You at the Zoo, Thane Maynard and teen co-host Ebony Kimble lead students on explorations to find out how fast cheetahs run, what it takes to be a bird, and just what happens when you tickle a sensitive plant. Brought to you by project partners CET, ThinkTV and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, this multimedia project is designed to model an inquiry-based approach for doing science.
About You At the Zoo
Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and host of the 90-Second Naturalist, wants to take you and your students to the zoo to find out! In You at the Zoo, Thane Maynard and teen co-host Ebony Kimble lead students on an inquiry-based exploration to find out how fast cheetahs run, what it takes to be a bird, and just what happens when you tickle a sensitive plant.
Project partners CET, ThinkTV and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden bring you this multimedia project designed to model an inquiry-based approach for doing science. You at the Zoo includes nine student videos hosted by Thane Maynard and the You at the Zoo student team. The videos also feature the keepers, trainers and scientists who care for and study the animals and plants in the zoo’s collection. Together the videos help teach Scientific Inquiry, Heredity, and Diversity and Interdependence of Life for grades 3-8.
The You at the Zoo project also features professional development videos with tips for fine-tuning the inquiry approach with students. Accompanying lessons and resources on this site will help you get started.
CET and ThinkTV are southwest Ohio’s Public Television Stations, part of Public Media Connect. CET and ThinkTV are leading providers of education and enrichment in classrooms and living rooms throughout southwest Ohio. Through PBS and local programming, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and teacher training, CET and ThinkTV positively impacts thousands of lives in our community. To learn more, please visit ThinkTV at www.thinktv.org and CET at www.CETconnect.org.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the second oldest zoo in the United States and a place for the community to explore over 500 animals and 3,000 plant species. The zoo is internationally known for its research and conservation projects worldwide and for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants. Learn more at: http://www.cincinnatizoo.org/
Thane Maynard & Ebony Kimble
William Howard Taft STEM School
All Saints School
Cincinnati Zoo Academy
Producer: Kim Mlinek
Videographer: Nick Baute
Make Up: Anne Taylor
Production support: Mike Schwartz, David Scheilbenzuber, Matt Schwartz & Patrick Sepate
Mary Anne Kirk & Krystal Cleaver
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden/Melinda Voss & Shasta Bray
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY:
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden/Pat Story