Bugscope

Session 2011-126 with Winchester Thurston School

Application

The School

School Name Winchester Thurston School
School Homepage www.winchesterthurston.org
Location Allegheny Pennsylvania, United States
Community Urban
Type Private

The Class

Subjects Taught science
Grades Taught 6th Grade
Number of Students 44

The Project

Project Title Insect Adaptations
Insects To Study will collect on 9/19
Project Description I have participated in Bugscope for several years. Every year this is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences for my students during our unit about insects. We are taking a field trip to our Lower School campus in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh and will spend the morning there collecting and identifying insects and other small arthropods to send in to Bugscope. During our Bugscope session, we hope to be able to look at some of the specialized features of the bugs we collected, both in terms of specialized adaptations and generalized features all insects share (such as spiracles, antennae, etc). We will then be able to compare these features to others we have seen using standard compound light microscopes. In addition, we can then have a conversation about the limitations and advantages of different kinds of microscopes and why scientists might choose to use each kind. Finally, the live chat with the Bugscope staffers is invaluable as students get to ask questions about the experience of being a scientist as well as about the insects. We also reference this experience in our chemistry unit late r in the year; as we discuss the structure of atoms we refer back to our experience with the SEM and talk more in depth about how it works and why it can take such detailed images.

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? We have been participating for years. I first learned of Bugscope through an article from a science teacher's journal (Science Scope, I think).

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