Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science
This web seminar took place on December 12, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenters were Jim O'Leary from
the Maryland Science Center and Grant Bowers
from the University of Minnesota. In this program Mr. O’Leary and Mr. Bowers shared
information about engaging students with the migration habits and life cycle of
monarch butterflies through hands-on projects.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library,
neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.
This web seminar was an online follow-up session to the Flight of the Monarch Butterflies
symposium held at the NSTA Phoenix Area Conference on December 7, 2012. Mr. O’Leary
began the program by giving a tour of the website for the new IMAX film Flight of
the Butterflies. Then Mr. Bowers talked about four citizen science projects
that allow students to learn about monarchs while collecting and sharing data about
them. Participants learned about The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Monarch Watch,
Monarch Health, and Journey North. Mr. Bowers discussed the science behind each
project, then provided strategies for application in the classroom.
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in
the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “I love the information on the migration of Monarchs, and the various websites
I can incorporate in my classroom.”
- “The seminar was very interesting and presented information my students will
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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