What is Insect Discovery?
Discovery is a University of Arizona outreach program primarily for
school students. The program is designed to stimulate students’ scientific
curiosity through hands-on activities using live and preserved insects.
Children are natural scientists, and early engagement in science learning
is important both to stimulate interest in a scientific career and to
promote general scientific literacy. In Arizona, insects are major component
of the 2nd grade science curriculum. Our program provides a variety of
resources, including classroom visits, workshops and lesson plans, to
help teachers make the most of their students’ fascination with
the amazing and diverse world of insects.
Goals of our program:
- Encourage students to use
observational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to
formulate questions and test hypotheses.
- Instill an appreciation for the
tremendous diversity among insect morphologies, life histories, and
Encourage the pursuit of higher
education by allowing interaction with university students and exposure
to the campus.
What we offer:
- Classroom visits. During the fall
semester each year (mid-August to mid-December), the Insect Discovery
Program offers classroom visits to K-12 schools in the Tucson
- Workshops. During the spring
semester, we provide workshops at
the University of Arizona for elementary school classes.
- Outreach events. Program staff are available year-round to participate
in Family Science Nights and other free science outreach events.
- Photo-gallery of common
insects and other arthropods in southern Arizona.
- Teaching opportunities
for UA undergraduate and graduate students.
To Contact Us:
For more information about the program or to reserve an activity, please
Kathleen Walker, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Insect Discovery – Kathleen Walker
Department of Entomology, Forbes 410
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Office phone: 520-626-5930
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