Using Insects in the Classroom
The Entomological Foundation hosted a one-day teacher’s workshop where they instructed more than 60 teachers on how they can incorporate insects into the classroom. This event was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.
During the workshop, attendees experienced interactive presentations and hands-on activities where they learned how to create homes for bees, how to make flies defecate the rainbow and where to find the best lesson plans.
Experts in entomology from around the country flew in to teach these sessions, all of which believed that insects can be used to teach valuable lessons on biology, conservation of the environment, climate change and even engineering.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser of the University of Minnesota passed around chocolate chip cookies while she gave a presentation on the evolving monarch migration patters in North America. After everyone had eaten and enjoyed their cookies, Dr. Oberhauser announced that they were made using ground crickets. Ahh, how would you feel? Dr. Tom Turpin of Purdue University said that “the best education is when the student doesn’t know its happening.”
The Entomological Foundation is a not-for-profit whose mission is to build a future for entomology by educating young people about science through insects. The not-for-profit has partnered with the Entomological Society of America in order to better reach this mission.