Need some fast facts for a school paper on insects? How about these:
- Entomologists estimate that there are about 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) insects on earth at any given point
- The ratio of insects to humans on earth is about 200,000,000:1
- Estimates are that there are more than 1,000,000 insect species that have not even been discovered yet
There are tons of projects available for kids in middle school. What about these?
- Entomology 101 starts here with a nice introductory page from EnvironmentalScience.org.
- Work with your class to interactively control an $800,000 electron microscope through the Bugscope Project?
- Learn more about how insects can be used to solve crimes through forensic entomology and then talk to your teacher about a lesson plan in forensic entomology.
- Beekeeping is a great activity to learn about nature and make some money selling honey. Get started by learning more about apiculture and then keep reading for more advanced knowledge (also here). BeeSource is another good resource.
- Learn to identify insects by sound using this link from NatureSongs.
- Looking for a great science-based summer camp? Aspen Hill has a fun one in Maine and UK offers one in Kentucky.