During the fall semester each year (mid-August to mid-December), the Insect Discovery Program offers free classroom visits to K-12 schools in the Tucson metropolitan area. Each visit lasts between 45 to 60 minutes and includes three activities (described below).
To schedule a visit, contact Kathleen Walker - krwalker [@] cals.arizona.edu
1. What is an insect?
Describe and review the special characteristics of insect.
Meet and handle Bob the hissing cockroach and his relations and compare them to the charming and wiggle millipedes.
2. Insect Diversity
Explore the amazing diversity of insects using specimens from the University of Arizona Insect Museum collection.
3. Ladybug Drawing
Strengthen observation skills and appreciate the unique qualities of individual insects by creating a scientific drawing of a living ladybug (lady beetle, actually).
Classroom Visit Policies:
- All classroom visits are FREE of charge.
- The visit involves hand-on activities designed for a regular classroom of no more than 30 students. Therefore, please do NOT combine classes for the visit.
- To provide equal education opportunities, we prefer to visit all classes of a particular grade at each school. Please try to coordinate with other teachers in scheduling visits.
- If a teacher is absent the day of the visit, please re-schedule.
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