Sponsored by the Department of Entomology in collaboration with the Arizona Cooperative Extension and 4-H, Insect Discovery is an outreach program designed to teach elementary students science concepts through hands-on activities using live and preserved insects. Workshop stations are inquiry-based activities that address topics such as biological diversity, adaptation, and life cycles. In addition to field trips, the program provides classroom visits, outreach events, teacher training and lesson plans.
- Butterflies and Lifecycles: Experience insects at your fingertips! Students at this station can walk into a giant cage containing live butterflies. They will take notes on butterfly behavior while forming a special connection with these beautiful insects. This station focuses on strengthening observational skills, developing data collection techniques, and increasing students' comfort in handling insects.
Science Standards, Life Science Strand: Concept 1 - Characteristics of Organisms, Concept 2 – Life Cycles
- Cricket Experiment: Become a scientist for a day! This station uses crickets to introduce students to the scientific method. Students have the opportunity to design an experiment, make predictions, collect their own data, graph the results, and discuss their conclusions. Through this research experience, they will learn about how insects interact with their environment, and discover some fascinating facts about crickets, too!
Science Standards, Inquiry Process Strand: Concepts 1 - 4
- Adaptation: This station explores some ways that insects can adapt to their environment. Students will play a game that demonstrates the advantage of camouflaged coloration and introduces a process leading to this adaptation. They will see some real-world examples of extraordinary "cryptic critters" -- in photos and alive!
Science Standards, Life Science Strand: Concept 4 – Diversity, Adaptation & Behavior
- Decomposers: Insects and other animals have different roles in the environment depending on what they eat. In this station we find and appreciate some of the many decomposer organisms that eat dead material and turn it into soil. We also get to dig in the dirt, which is always fun!
Science Standards, Life Science Strand: Concept 2 – Life Cycles, Concept 3 – Organisms and Environments
Audience: 1st - 3rd grade
Group Size: 10 - 30 students
Offered: Spring Semester, Tuesday and Wednesdays; two workshops (up to 30 students each) offered simultaneously both days at 9:15am
Start Time: 9:15am
Duration: 2 hours
- Students: $50 for up to 10 students; additional students are $5 each
- Teachers: Free
- Chaperones: Up to 5 free chaperones; Additional chaperones $5.00 each
- Discounted rate available for Title I Schools
We welcome homeschool groups! 1 lead parent/teacher and 5 chaperones per group is free. Additional adults will be charged for admission beyond the 5 for the workshop. Please Note: Due to room capacity in the Discovery Labs, your chaperones and/or siblings will be limited to only 5 in the room at a time.
Science Center Exhibits:
$2.00 per person
$3.00 per person
To request a Insect Discovery Workshop, please fill out the request form
All Discovery Programs require a Request Form Submission; Please note that this is a request form only. Confirmation of your Discovery Workshop request is dependent on availability. Due to the high volume of discovery requests, it can take up to 2 weeks to confirm your Discovery Workshop.