Giving Roots to your STEM:
Teacher Workshop Exploring the Process of Science Through Dragonflies!
This four-hour workshop includes a bit of background knowledge, a lot of hands-on exploration, and a beautifully illustrated Dragonfly Curriculum Guide with 17 classroom activities.
Educators learn how to use dragonflies to teach the practices of science, connect to crosscutting concepts, and dive deeply into disciplinary core ideas of the Next Generation Science Standards (and Minnesota’s Science Standards). Dragonflies are the charismatic face to this experience but the heart is strengthening educator skill in teaching the processes of science.
Dragonfly Workshops include:
- Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many Odonata (order name for dragonflies and damselflies) as we can catch
- Dragonfly life history 101
- Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID
- Application practice using the dragonfly classroom activities from the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide
- A full-color paperback or electronic version of the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities
- Four CEUs
- Connections to all of the NGSS Scientific Practices: asking questions, using models, investigating, computational thinking, constructing explanations, argumentation, and all aspects of communication
Workshop Evaluation Quotes:
Dragonflies have been fascinating humans for thousands of years and are a fantastic tool to engage students. They can be found anywhere water is near, are easy for students to catch, and don’t sting or bite.
Workshops are four hours long and need to be hosted somewhere near a natural area with water.
Attending a workshop: Open workshops cost between $50 and $80 per person. Find open workshops and register via the calendar page.
Organizations can host a dragonfly workshop for up to 25 teachers for $500 dollars, this includes an electronic version of the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide for all participants. Paperback versions of the curriculum guide can be purchased at a discounted rate. Additional travel expenses may apply for locations outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area. Contact Ami to host a workshop!
Citizen Science Connection:
Teachers can submit their ID’d dragonfly photos to the Odonata Central. The types and locations of dragon and damselflies throughout most of the country are poorly known. There is a good chance that one of your students may catch a species never before recorded in your county. The data your classroom submits will help researchers understand how these indicator species are affected by human impacts and will give land managers important information needed to keep wild lands healthy.