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Saturday Morning Science: Leaf Shape and Function

10 am to noon
Taught by Mark Kent

Leaf Shape and Function 
The shapes of leaves are based on adaptation of plants to their environment over long periods of time; the form and shape of leaves may also be modified by limiting factors imposed on plants by their ecosystem. Leaves must absorb visible light from sunlight so that the energy can be used for photosynthesis; in the process leaves also absorb a good deal of heat, since heat is a large component of sunlight. Leaves must also absorb carbon dioxide, and does so through pores in the leaves called stomatae. The stomatae release water from inside the leaf at the same time as they are absorbing carbon dioxide. The leaf must therefore balance sufficient sunlight and carbon dioxide without being adversely affected by too much heat and water loss.


Price is per child attending, parent or guardian can attend class with child for no additional fee. $30 for non-members, $20 for members of BioCurious*


Saturday Morning Science is for ages 5 and up. Under 7 require an adult present to assist them with the lab.

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