EXPLORium: Program Catalog
The EXPLORium programs are listed below and largely serve K-12 in both classrooms as well as other community-based organizations such as Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups, after-school programs. home school, etc.
- We do not currently charge for small groups from (12-30) but do ask for a small donation of $25.00 to assist us with any supplies and transportation costs.
- Our traveling exhibit program is aimed for larger groups and events (see more info here). Fee $250 or portion of ticket sales if venue is a museum.
NOTE: The below programs can be adapted to serve different Grade levels and age groups. Also make note of those programs that may be seasonal in nature.
Course 1. Good Bug Bad Bug!
Do you know what makes a bad bug BAD? Take the Bad Bug quiz to see how much you know about the difference between bad and good bugs. The results might surprise you! Presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Davidson which includes insect collection trays, live mosquitoes, bees, and other hands-on activities. (Time 45 minutes to an hour).
Course 2. Introduction to Insect Biodiversity
Insects represent about 72.8% of all known species and 85% of all known terrestrial animals. Insects are also known for their extreme diversity and ability to adapt which has contributed to their survival making them ideal in the study and understanding of all life.
Module 1: Introduction to some of the main insect orders along with an art activity like our Bad Bug Origami Craft which was popular with kids at our recent museum event. Program also involves exposure to some trays from our insect collection. Students can also play a taxonomy game using our InsectARium augmented reality insects. (Time 45 minutes to an hour).
Module 2 (seasonal): An introduction to biodiversity by having students count the diversity of insects found in an area outdoors. Students can be involved in collecting, drawing, and identifying different species using a hand held microscope along with the use of various visual aids. Setting insect pit traps is also an option. (Course may be divided into three parts of 1.5 hours.)
Course 3: The Ant Lab: A Whodunit Sci Mystery: Ti Eriksson and his team from the Social Insect Lab bring various species of live ants and challenge students to conduct an experiment to solve a mystery. Which species of ant is responsible for eating the leaves from a mesquite tree? What do insect mouthparts tell us about the food they eat?
Course 4: Insect Life Cycles: Module 1: An introduction to life cycles and learning the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis as it appears in different insects. We can bring several trays showing different insects in various stages of development. We can also show bring live adult mosquitoes or beetles along with their larvae. We could also set up some butterfly larvae in your classroom and have students be involved in observing and collecting data as they engage in an experiment. They might form a hypothesis such as “environmental temperature influences the rate butterflies emerge”. Students will then carry out controlled experiments to prove or disprove their hypothesis. (1 hour.)
Module 2 (seasonal): After butterflies emerge students share their observations, data, drawings, etc. Students can then be involved in releasing the butterflies to serve as pollinators. (1 hour.)
To book a program or to obtain more information contact:
Melody Basham, Director of Learning and Outreach