Winchester Thurston School
Session 2011-126



Name Winchester Thurston School
Web site http://www.winchesterthurston.org
Location Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Community Urban
Type Private


Subjects science
Grades 6th Grade
Students 44


Title Insect Adaptations
Insects will collect on 9/19
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.


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).