BiotaEd promotes education outreach and workforce development by training undergraduate students in arthropod biodiversity and involving these students in outreach programs. Trained students conduct presentations, summer discovery camps, and biodiversity workshops using live and preserved arthropods as examples. Students also learn how to care for the more than 50 arthropod species used during public presentations. Additionally, educational content is presented through learning modules, instructional videos, and website materials.
General entomology is offered every fall semester. The course, which includes a lecture and a lab, focuses on the basic biology and systematics of insects. The course includes hands-on experiences that allow students to gain a full understanding of the diversity of insects. Additionally, the course includes a number of field trips and a weekend collecting trip to Walnut Creek Center for Education and Research.
Great student science
Seventh graders at Northland Preparatory Academy worked with hissing cockroaches to learn about conducting a basic scientific experiment.