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Entomology Field Trip September 17, 2014

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Forensic Entomology

This week we will be taking our first field trip to the Clay Lyle Entomology building at Mississippi State University. You will have an opportunity to see  preserved insect specimens from all around the world, view many live insects including beehives, and sample for some of our own insects. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for insect sampling! Pick-up will be at normal time from Ward-Stewart. Come ready to learn more about the insects of the world!

Entomology–Characteristics, Adaptations, and Forensics September 10, 2014

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The last couple of weeks have just FLOWN by (bird pun). Now it is time to move on to another group of living things: insects! The name for the study of insects is entomology. This week we will be discussing what makes insects different than other arthropods (like spiders and crustaceans), some of  the adaptations that insects have to survive, and how insects can be used to solve real-world mysteries and crimes. We will follow up our discussion on insects this week with our field trip to the entomology department next Tuesday (September 23rd). There you will get to use your knowledge of insect anatomy and adaptations to learn about just a few of the millions of insect species in the world!

Ornithology – Raptors and Flightless Birds September 3, 2014

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Barred Owl in Flight. Copyright Jim Neiger 2010

Barred Owl in Flight. Copyright Jim Neiger 2010

Join us as we continue into the second and final part of our birding journey! Last week we covered songbirds, waterfowl, and ground-nesting birds and this week we will discuss raptor species–including hawks, eagles, and owls–and flightless birds species. We will focus on avian (bird) predator-prey relationships, what makes owls such effective night-hunters, what makes our flightless feathered friends different from other birds, and the advantages and disadvantages of being a land-bound bird. There are many other types of amazing and unique birds that we do not have time to discuss in either of our ornithology units, so we encourage you to continue reading and researching about other birds you can find in your backyard and around the world! An excellent way to start exploring more about birds is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website (www.allaboutbirds.org) which features an online species guide, songs and calls, live bird cam footage, and more.

Ornithology- Songbirds, Waterfowl, and Ground Nesting Birds August 27, 2014

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The state songbird of Mississippi, the mockingbird

The state songbird of Mississippi, the mockingbird

With two weeks of investigation and science methodology under our belts, we are now ready to begin exploring the world around us. We will start with ornithology, or the study of birds. Since there are so many different types and species of birds, this will be part 1 of 2 birding weeks. This week we will concentrate on songbirds, waterfowl such as ducks, and ground nesting birds like wild turkeys. Our activities will explore song bird behavior, eating habits, migration, and threats to survival.

Science Water Olympics August 20, 2014

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We had a great first week of meeting all of our new science clubbers and we look forward to a great year.  

This week we will be using water to investigate the scientific method.  The steps of which are as follows:

Step 1: Make an Observation

Step 2: Make a Hypothesis

Step 3: Test your Hypothesis with an Experiment

Step 4: Draw Conclusions about your Results

Step 5: Report your Results and Restate your Hypothesis if Necessary

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