We attended A Bug’s World last year and absolutely loved it. It’s a one-day program for young scientists, held at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OSU’s Ag school) in Wooster. Not only is the material fascinating and well-presented, but the presenters are actual college professors and researchers. It’s a great chance for the kids to learn something about insects, but also to experience learning in a college setting. I’m very glad we were able to go again this year.
Our first class was the Bug Zoo, where we met the person who raises a variety of species of insects for the research program and saw cool things like hissing cockroaches, millipedes and beetles. From there we attended Critters Up Close, where the kids had a chance to view different insect parts (abdomens, wings, thoraces, mouthparts, etc) under a microscope. Then it was on to the Honeybee Lab, where we met three presenters from the local bee association and got to see a real hive with glass observation sides. After lunch we went to Insect Friends, where we met a professor who is interested in products made from either insects themselves or their byproducts. The Beetle Blitz class was a chance to see beetles up close and personal, and finally the Tiny Troublemakers gave us a chance to see some of the insects that infest crops and/or are vectors for crop disease. Afterwards, we had a chance to walk around the Secrest Arboretum with another homeschooling friend and her mother, and enjoy the early spring weather (welcome after a very long winter!)