Students at the Columbus School for Girls are participating in an international tree-banding project with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in their Science and Technology classes with Felicity Steele and Linda Resch.

Students at the Columbus School for Girls are participating in an international tree-banding project with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in their Science and Technology classes with Felicity Steele and Linda Resch.

They are among 281 classrooms in 42 states and 33 countries in the world who will be helping collect data on trees and climate change and will contribute information to an ecological study.

The Smithsonian researchers will incorporate the information into a database of student findings from all over the world. This will be the first global observatory of how trees respond to climate.

The students have chosen 10 trees on the CSG campus to observe. On each tree, they installed a dendrometer, a metal band used to measure the diameter and growth of the tree. They will use a digital caliper to measure the gap in the bands throughout the year. The students will then upload their data to the Shout Learning website.

To learn more about this project, visit the website at http://shoutlearning.org/treebanding.html.