Nov. 03, 2011

From Muskrat Jaws to Fossil Ferns, Biology Boxes Make Learning Fun

by NIMBioS

In this video about Biology in Box, discover how this hands-on, inquiry-based program helps kids from kindergarten to 12th grade learn about the wonders of the natural world, while also learning the scientific methods and math skills needed to understand that world.

The video features interviews with 7th grade science students and their teacher. Biology in a Box founder Dr. Susan Riechert, a biology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explains why the learning "sticks" with Biology in a Box.

Video by Nimbios

Quantitative exercises are included in the ten boxes, with more under development. Many activities are now useful for teaching both applied mathematics and life science, and the connections between the two.

Activity booklets and materials lists are freely available for download at the Biology in Box website. The boxes are currently used in 80 school systems in Tennessee, and also in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Washington D.C.

Some of the activities have also been featured in other posts on Biology by Numbers, including:

Measuring a Forest
The Squirrel Caching Game

For more information about Biology in a Box, visit


In Biology by Numbers, learn about the ways math can solve biological problems. Produced by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). NIMBioS brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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