LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD!
SATURDAY 16 AUGUST 2PM
OPENING: “LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD”
The North Western Regional Science Hub presents a “Science Meets Art” event at NERAM to celebrate National Science Week (and beyond) – introducing children to the School of Ants Project through an interactive and creative experience exploring the life of ants.
From 16 August to 19 October, Little things that run the world offers the community an opportunity to imagine life as an ant.
Explore the giant sculptural ants’ nest in the foyer of NERAM. Imagine entering an ant’s nest, controlling workers, protecting queens and foraging for food. Make your own ants, larvae or other life stages and put them in tunnels and chambers to grow the colony.
Be a part of the AntBlitz at Black Gully on 21 September. Over a 24 hour period ants will be hunted, counted and identified. Anyone can sign up to join the blitz and learn about their local ants; use microscopes and Winkler bags, and help with research through the School of Ants at the University of New England. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a giant ant in the courtyard at NERAM for ArtPlay Day on 19 October.
Take an ‘Ant Walk’ along Black Gully and explore the newly created Ant Hotels!
The site will go through several phases to include an interactive map to allow contributors to see their data.
There have already been 12 schools from the coast to the top of the range that have participated in the project, and environmental education centres around NSW will take on the project for schools that visit their centres as it warms up.
Regular news and blog posts will appear on the site, and summaries and updates of data collected will be posted quarterly.
It represents a great ready made project for kids or families to get outside and learn about the little things that run the world.
So feel free to forward to anyone you think might like to participate.
Andrew, N.R., Hill, S.J., Binns, M., Bahar, M.H., Ridley, E.V., Jung, M.-P., Fyfe, C., Yates, M. & Khusro, M. (2013) Assessing insect responses to climate change: What are we testing for? Where should we be heading? PeerJ, 1, e11. doi: 10.7717/peerj.11
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