Science on six legs
By Beth Forbes
in a top hat and tails, Purdue entomologist Tom
Turpin spins a tale about insects to elementary school
students at Insectaganza, an annual event sponsored by
the Department of Entomology. Fifth-graders Kaycee Hensley
(left) and Sayuri Hayakawa appear less-than-eager at
the prospect of dissecting a grasshopper.
(Photos by Tom Campbell)
More than 1,300 fifth-graders from 22 schools participated
in "Science on Six Leg--An Insectaganza of Education" in October
on the Purdue campus. Sponsored by the Department
of Entomology, the day-long event provided a variety of activities,
Because Insectaganza coincided with Purdue's fall break, many Purdue
students from the Insects
Friend and Foe course volunteered to help with the event.
- insect dissection, with students paired to work
as a team to dissect a grasshopper.
- quiz bowl, a friendly competition between schools
to test insect knowledge.
- presentations on insect biology and how insects
have been viewed over the years in popular culture and literature.