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InsectARium Prototype


Quick forward to Insectarium DEMO Instructions and Survey   (more details below)

This specimen-based learning tool wadeveloped by a team affiliated with the Hasbrouck Insect Collection in the School of Life Sciences, and in collaboration with the Technology-based Learning and Research Center at SkySong. The team is involved in the development of exhibits and learning tools that aim to connect diverse audiences with museum and university biocollections while contributing to a more scientifically literate society. Visit for more info about the work.

The focus of the tool is in addressing the learning needs of marginalized populations with low literacy skills or have had minimal exposure to collections and science due to socio-economic conditions or other barriers.

Addressing the Goals of NIBA

NIBA (Network Integrated Biological Alliance) suggests the need for developing specimen-based learning tools using technologies and specifically mobile technologies that will promote experiential-based learning in the areas of biodiversity, biological informatics, and evolutionary sciences. Our belief is that these efforts will promote scientific literacy and accessibility to science in diverse and marginalized audiences.

NIBA Mandate 6.1: “Develop remote tools (e.g., mobile applications) that allow students and the general public to explore and interact directly with museum databases.”
NIBA Mandate 6.2 – encourages the following:

  • To conduct outreach to students from underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic, cultural, physically challenged) with an emphasis on issues relevant to their communities.
  • Partner with colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and others to develop physical and virtual exhibits as well as other kinds of public programming and outreach that make use of collections data.
  • Partner with vocational training programs and related civic initiatives that could further engage the general public in natural history through collections digitization.

Based on this framework our aim is to develop collaborations and partnerships with iDigbio, individual thematic collection networks, and other collection-based institutions and museums to develop exhibits, curricula, and learning tools that will integrate collections and their data while promoting scientific literacy and accessibility to science.

Other research and development related tasks that we hope to address also will include. . .

  • How the development of new curricula will be aligned with Common core standards and the new Next Generation Science standards.
  • Identify current gaps in existing learning resources that utilize collections and their data and how might we fill those gaps.
  • Explore how current biocollections and their data might be made more accessible.
  • Examine NIBA’s six goals and determine how we might more effectively develop programs and products that align with those goals.
  • How new mobile and 3D technologies night be utilized to integrate digitized specimens and data into biodiversity curricula.
  • Identify funding and other resources to support needed to develop curricula, products, exhibits, and programs.


You can help assist us test our prototype by trying it out on your mobile device and then sending us your feedback to the Project Director Anne Basham at