Ant Diversity & The Uni Project

On Saturday I joined The Uni Project at the Ideas City Festival in downtown Manhattan to present my research on urban ants and science education.

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The Uni is a project designed to provide a place of learning beyond the walls of schools and libraries and into public space. They achieve this by creating a portable educational environment that can be dropped into almost any available street-level location. This space allows children of all ages an opportunity to gather around books and learning experiences, right in the heart of neighborhoods all across New York City.

The “Ant Cube” I created with Uni founder Leslie Davol is designed to give visitors the chance to experience hands-on science through ants. We’ve set-up a microscope where people can observe a live ant and even use an urban ant key to try to identify it. We also have sampling materials so students can collect their own ants.

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You can read more about the Uni at Ideas City and the Ant Cube on their page here -> http://www.theuniproject.org/2013/05/uni-at-ideascity/

! & ! More photos form the event and Ant Cube here! http://www.theuniproject.org/2013/05/wrapping-up-at-ideas-city/

Exploring Urban Biodiversity at Scioteen

Earlier this month I attended the Science Online Teen conference here in New York City. My job was to present a session on Urban Biodiversity & Citizen science. While I came in as a moderator, I left feeling more like a teacher, student and scientist all in one. I was able to share my knowledge, learn from others and discuss the future of science learning with a talented & diverse group of people.

You can read more about our session in my How Wild is New York City? Reflections from Scioteen post on Your Wild Life’s blog.

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More Information about the other presenters and conference here -> http://scienceonline.com/scienceonlineteen-look-whos-coming/