2018 Grants: RSFES

Fourth Grade Mealworm Breeding Kit

Concept Statement:  I strive to make life science relevant & hands-on for my students by bringing real life experiences into my classroom.

Concept Description:  I would like funding so that I can purchase meal worm breeder kits for my grade level (4th grade). It is my goal that students can watch observable changes during the life cycle of meal worms/darkling beetles including birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death. Students will have a hands-on experience with observing, measuring, and recording data regarding the development of organisms. Students will develop ownership of the meal worms/ darkling beetles by caring for them, providing food, and separating adults from larvae & pupae. Furthermore, we would like to integrate this into an economics unit by having student create a business plan to develop a meal worm farming business as means for us to raise money for our grade level.

Project Goals and Objectives:  Students will watch observable changes during the life cycle of meal worms/darkling beetles including birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death. Students will have a hands-on experience with observing, measuring, and recording data regarding the development of organisms. Steps to obtain goal:

  1. Students will research caring for meal worms/ darkling beetles
  2. Set up meal worm breeder kits
  3. Students will collect initial data- How many larvae arrived, initial observations, and measurements
  4. Students will collect daily data & care for meal worms
  5. As the organisms begin to transform, students will separate the adults so that it is easier for us to find the newborn larvae
  6. Students will come up with a business plan outlining the fixed and variable expenses of running a meal worm farm & research how to make the operation profitable so that we can earn money as a grade level to purchase grade level needs.

Project Budget:  I am asking for $104.85 to purchase meal worm breeding kits to help us get started with this project. Thank you for your consideration.

2018 Funding:  Requested amount: $105. Fully funded

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