From 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of The Field Museum's unique collections and highlights of their research. AAAS is busing in over 800 students to hear about the scientist's work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!
The Nature Museum will be providing an environmental education program for approximately 250 4-8th grade students from 4-5 schools. This program will begin with an introduction to the passenger pigeon by Steve Sullivan, Urban Ecologist and a member of the Museum’s Biology Department. Steve will show the students preserved specimens of the passenger pigeon as he discusses the story of their extinction 100 years ago (the anniversary will be September 1). He will also discuss what we learned from that extinction, threats that exist to species today and efforts today to preserve and restore endangered species.
Students will then participate in an educator guided workshop with a connection to these efforts. The workshops will be hands-on and inquiry-based centered around how honeybees and local Midwest butterfly populations interact with their environments to survive. In these two workshops, students will examine specimens from the Nature Museum collection as well as recent population declines, conservation efforts, and how people and local species impact each other.
Exploring Butterfly Conservation
In this workshop, 4th and 5th graders observe specimens and identify rare and endangered regional butterflies while learning about the Nature Museum’s conservation research initiatives and the characteristics of native butterfly habitats. By reviewing basic butterfly biology and exploring the unique needs of local butterflies, students gain an understanding of how people impact Midwestern butterfly populations.
What’s the Buzz about Honey Bees?
In this workshop, middle school students examine honey bee specimens and honeycomb from the Nature Museum’s bee hives! Students will study honey bee biology, social systems, and importance to humans while learning about the recent decline in honey bee populations and possible explanations for that decline.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science teams with the Hive Chicago
As a way to connect Chicago’s youth to this year’s AAAS Annual Meeting, Hive Chicago is working with AAAS to create a level-up opportunity for teens to attend as Youth Journalists. This opportunity allows a handful of teens to be the only youth present as press at the Annual Meeting and to attend alongside a world-renowned journalist.
Youth will have the opportunity to shadow a journalist as they attend sessions and see first-hand into science journalism as a career. This is also a writing opportunity for the teens. Following the event, Youth Journalists are encouraged to write a piece of their own about their experience at the AAAS Annual Meeting.