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  • Hello Jennifer. Are you aware of the Citizen Science website SciStarter ? If it's not a hard requirement that they design the experiment, this may be worth looking into. There's at least one survey project currently listed that would cover taxonomy & ecology. With guidance, the second quarter could transition into answering an independent research question.

    https://scistarter.org/never-home-alone-the-wild-life-of-our-homes
    Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Our Homes - SciStarter
    In studying life, scientists have overlooked many regions. Some regions have not been studied because they are so remote. Others because they are so…
  • I will be teaching a 12th grade Independent Research course during the 2020-2021 school year that will be embedding in entomology. With the pandemic still raging here in New York and the very real possibility that I will be teaching a good portion of the course online, I need to think about how can my students design and conduct a research project from home and no access to labs. For context, these students will have had a biology, chemistry and physics class and some introduction to genetics through their biology course. They will be getting a primer on insect biology, taxonomy and ecology in the first quarter, before they start any research. These are highly motivated and smart 12th graders who would take up anything I threw their way. Do anyone have any ideas?
    • Is the project open inquiry? Can they get outside to collect data, and if so, are they urban, suburban, rural? Is the data collection second quarter? Does it have to be on insects. or could it be a lichen project?

      I'm an entomologist and a teacher in Wisconsin, and I'm considering what to do for my students.
    • How about insect population sampling/diversity studies/insect conservation with trapping and collecting. Are they all doing individual projects? If not you could probably even publish their findings if you help them standardize their methods and they co-author a paper.
    • Being in NY, I see the main issue will be dealing with the weather. This will limit access to many insects unless the students have understanding parents allowing them to keep insects at home. There is more than enough material available for them to work with fruitflies for some genetic work inside and other insects which may need some getting use to such as roaches and ants which may be more locally available than the parents want to admit.
      You might need to order the material for them since there are some limitations on what they will be able to purchase for shipping to their homes. Both Carolina and VWR(Wards) have a variety of material to choose. Fisher has an education branch as well.
      The first thing I would do is ask the students what they have around their homes, inside and out which they could make use. Things like a detached, heated garage or attic. Hobbies which they might rethink for alternate use, available tools and skills. Do they have a 3D printer, access to power tools - maybe a parent does wood working or electronics as a hobby.
      Get them to think outside the box (School Lab) and give you some insight into some of the limitation the students may need to work with. Then discuss with them the areas you think are possible projects for them to work on given their inventory of options they have at home. Motivated students would hopefully have at least one motivate parent willing to provide assistance with supplies if not tolerance of what they might be doing at home. Confounding issues may be siblings, single parent household, renting vs own home. My impression is that home schooling is a new issue which most parents and students will need to learn along with the teachers.
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