Insects make for excellent model organisms for scientific study. They reproduce quickly, often in huge numbers, and take up relatively little space. Over many years certain insects have been bred for specific characteristics that scientists require for genetic research or the study of disease. We will use dissecting scopes, chilling plates and other lab equipment to examine in detail some of the most famous lab insects, like fruit flies and termites. You will learn to separate some insects by caste, others by gender, and how to culture your own laboratory insects. You’ll even have the opportunity to peer into a termite intestine to see symbionts living comfortably inside!
Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!
Program Instructor: Bob Alderink, Coordinator for Natural World investigate Lab.
For more information contact Debbie Huston , scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.