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Giant cockroaches and mealworms: MS students apply entomology in the classroom

Giant cockroaches and mealworms: MS students apply entomology in the classroom

In seventh grade science, students are testing their ability to use the scientific method and experimentation by attempting to answer the following question: What food do Madagascar hissing cockroaches prefer? The students presented roaches with three different foods in a "roach arena" while students log how much time each insect spends with each type of food: dog food, orange and chocolate.

The students in Mr. Berman's eighth grade science class have been testing their ability to use the scientific method while learning about competition and carrying capacity in mealworms. The students asked, "How does population size affect mealworm growth?" Mealworms are the larval form of the darkling beetle which specializes in living in and on stored dry grains. Each class has 20 containers filled with 1, 2, 3 and all the way up to 20 mealworms. Each container has the same amount of space and oatmeal. Baseline measurements were taken and students will monitor mealworm length and mass over the next few weeks to try to find an answer to their question.

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