Hunting for Minibeasts
Science for Families: Activities supporting the ‘Pooter’ session
This resource is designed to accompany the Science for Families course delivered by NUSTEM or one of our partners. It’s a six-week parent and child course delivered in primary schools.
You’re welcome to use the resources for other purposes, but they might not make quite as much sense!
It may look a little home-made, but your pooter is the first step on your journey to becoming an entomologist – that’s the type of scientist who investigates the world of insects! You’ll have used your pooter already to collect minibeasts in habitats near your Science for Families session, so now it’s time to explore your own backyard, garden, or a park close to home!
Remember to take care when using your pooter. Follow these rules:
- Only capture one insect at a time. Empty your pooter between goes.
- Make sure you return insects back where you found them.
- Handle insects gently – remember you are a lot bigger than they are!
If you’d like to learn a bit more about the fascinating world of entomology – that’s the study of insects – scroll down for more experiments to try.
Becoming an entomologist
Here’s an excellent video from the BBC, which includes information about loads of different insects and minibeasts you might find in the UK and further abroad. We think it’s well worth exploring.
Whilst out bug hunting, NUSTEM recorded this video of an ants nest in Exhibition Park, Newcastle:
Entomologists aren’t just interested in where mini beasts live – they also want to know how they behave.
To experiment with animal behaviour, try making a simple choice chamber to see which kind of environment woodlice prefer. The folks over at Science Sparks have put together a tutorial for making one, which you can find here.
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