TALKING WITH TREES: Exploring SMART trees from the Inside Out

NERAM Art Meets Science – Click here to see the sculpture!

headAn ICT International Sap Flow Meter has been installed on a large Ribbon gum (eucalyptus viminalis) at PLC Armidale. Similar meters have been installed at PLC Sydney, the Armidale Tree Group and at other sites around Armidale.

Students from PLC Armidale, TAS The Armidale School, PLC Sydney as well as Armidale and Duval High Schools will share the data using the Internet and work together to learn more about this basic and important part of our ecosystem.

Each week, student groups will be looking at the data from the Tree Sap Flow Meter to see how the tree responds to weather events and other changes. They will look for trends and take turns to write a short summary of the week in the life of the tree.

web-sfm1An ICT Sap Flow meter used by the projects.

graphA graph showing the changes in sap flow between day and night in a gum tree.

View a typical data file downloaded from a living tree.

Students from many schools are working together with ICT International and academics from UNE to learn more about how trees respond to changes in the environment. With this shared ACTION RESEARCH, scientists and government can make better decisions about addressing CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT and URBAN PLANNING
To join the SMART Tree Project, speak to any of the Science teachers.

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The SMART Tree project is a collaboration of diverse interest groups and stake holders to form a unique pilot program being trialled by the NSW Department of Education in Australia. It is designed to engage school students in science and inspire them through practical experiments, focusing on sap flow measurements and their contribution in the fundamentals of plant science.

School teacher discussing the movement of water in the tree to the class

School teacher discussing the movement of water in the tree to the class

For more information and a list of community projects please visit the “Projects” page.