Screenshot of the remote question and answer session following the Insect Visitor Research virtual field trip.
Staff at CCBER's award-winning Kids in Nature program have been discussing the idea of videoing lessons and activities for several years, but never felt like it was the right time to bring that idea to fruition. Covid-19 quickly made it the right time. Our Kids in Nature physical field trips were cancelled not only for our 5th grade students, but also for their UCSB undergraduate mentors for spring quarter. Even though we were not able to take our students into nature, we knew it was the right time to bring nature to our students through a series of virtual fieldtrips.
The teachers from one of the local schools we work with were excited about this new prospect and KIN staff quickly went to work. Andy Lanes, a KIN staff member scoured the UCSB campus in search of just the right footage to bring to the students. He began creating a series of virtual fieldtrips funded through a recent Faculty Outreach Grant (FOG) that focus on a citizen science partnership between entomologists and our KIN 5th grade students. We are currently working on the second out of four virtual field trips. After each field trip, we offer a question and answer section for the 5th grade students through zoom, where students may ask questions related to the videos and get immediate and in person feedback.
The virtual field trips will focus on the following topics and the first in a series of four field trips is available now! Just click on the link below.
Ant experiment at NCOS