Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science
This web seminar took place on April 29, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight 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 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio,
Texas on April 12, 2013. 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:
- “Very good! Interesting and engaging material. Very classroom adaptable.”
- “I didn't realize how easy it was to get involved in Monarch tagging. I'll definitely
look into it in the fall!”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Underwritten by Maryland Science Center, University of Minnesota, and National Science