Science outreach opportunities for High School and Grammar Schools

Have an entomologist visit your school!

High school and grammar school students have the opportunity to meet a graduate student and be taught by an expert in insect ecology as part of their established curriculum or after-school programs. Graduate students volunteer their time in order to provide the students with a greater scope of science and give them the opportunity to meet a scientist first hand.

In the past year, we’ve given several 1 to 2 hour classes to after school programs in the Chicago metropolitan area.  We engage the students in the understanding of biology and in particular entomology (the study of insects).

Outreach opportunities include but are not limited to:

· Public talks, lectures, discussions.

  • Meet-and-greet with the graduate students
  • Show and tell of an insect reference collection, including live specimens.

·  Topics of interest:

  • The importance of education
  • Introduction to the science of entomology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Biodiversity

Props and material

  • Insect reference collections
  • Live insect and spider specimens:
    •  Including the Wise lab pet Xochi the tarantula

If interested in having an Entomologist visit and talk to your school please contact Cristian Martinez at Jmarti51(at) for more information.

After School Matters Foreman High School
Nov 30, 2011

Tenebrionidae beetle and Xochi the Wise lab Tarantula