Department

Molecular Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Rachel Wats

Second Advisor

Dr. Scott Sh

Description

In high school science courses, I have personally experienced a large void in the area of entomological studies. Nevertheless, there remains a prominent focus on human systematics and the functions of other large mammals. Insects comprise a majority of organisms in our environment and contribute greatly to the surviv al of human beings through tasks such as pollination and seed dispersal. Without a basic understanding of entomology, student perceptions of our biological world will be severely misguided. My senior honor’s thesis provides a solution to this deficit. I have used the knowledge I have gained from my experiences at the University of Wyoming to develop a n entomology curriculum for early high school stu dents, grade 9 - 10. However, I hope that teachers from all levels, K - 12, will feel compelled to alter this curriculum to their specific grade levels and make it a part of their classrooms. I strongly feel tha t this honor’s project is the perfect way to show the University of Wyoming what I have gained these past four years

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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What about bugs? – Developing an Entomology Curriculum for High School Students

In high school science courses, I have personally experienced a large void in the area of entomological studies. Nevertheless, there remains a prominent focus on human systematics and the functions of other large mammals. Insects comprise a majority of organisms in our environment and contribute greatly to the surviv al of human beings through tasks such as pollination and seed dispersal. Without a basic understanding of entomology, student perceptions of our biological world will be severely misguided. My senior honor’s thesis provides a solution to this deficit. I have used the knowledge I have gained from my experiences at the University of Wyoming to develop a n entomology curriculum for early high school stu dents, grade 9 - 10. However, I hope that teachers from all levels, K - 12, will feel compelled to alter this curriculum to their specific grade levels and make it a part of their classrooms. I strongly feel tha t this honor’s project is the perfect way to show the University of Wyoming what I have gained these past four years