Junior Einsteins – Day 4

Today was our last day of summer camp.  We learned about the role of a biologist, animal habitats, and camouflage!

We started the morning by matching animals to their correct habitats, and then looking at the skeletons of different critters:

Where does a polar bear live?

What does a starfish feel like?

Wow, that polar bear has some sharp teeth!

That's much bigger than my skull!

Holy cow, that's a big cow!

Is it smooth or rough?

Next, we visited the Natural Science Research Lab where Heath showed us all the different insects, mammals, and birds the biologists study:

Those beetles are bigger than my hand!

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!

Checking out the bald eagle!

Birds and mammals everywhere

Next, we learned all about camouflage and how animals blend in to their habitats to avoid being eaten

Can you find the frog?

We then went outside to see which worms camouflage into the Lubbock landscape

Find the worms!

Can you see them?

To finish up the day, we headed over to the Ranching Heritage Center for a nature walk and scavenger hunt:

Do you see something green?

Can you draw a tree?

Finding something old...

Finish your drawings

We had so much fun all week learning about space, animals, dinosaurs, and chemistry! Hopefully we’ll see all the campers again soon! 🙂

Biology of My Backyard – Day 3

Greetings!  Today we learned all about birds, their adaptations, and their unique beaks!

We started by reviewing mammals using puzzles:

Piecing together the mammals of Texas

Working hard

What type of bird skull do you think this is?

Next, Heath was kind enough to show us around the Natural Science Research Lab and teach us all about awesome insects, birds, and mammals!

Showing us the locations of where all the mammals in the NSRL were collected

Look at all those mammals!

Make sure you look on the bottom of the shelves, too!

Looking closely at all the insects

Those are some big beetles!

Are these zebras the same, or different?

Brittany showing us the birds in the Explorium

We finished the day with learning what beaks are used for eating very specific foods. Birds have beaks like fish nets, pliers, eye droppers, and tweezers.

Which beak is best?

What beak should we use for eating floating plants?

What beak is best for digging out worms?

Searching for bird food

Picking "caterpillars" off a log

Fishing for plant food

Brittany threw marshmellows in the air to represent flying insects

Digging deep for more worms

Hmm what beak works best?

Writing down some observations

What bird has a beak like tweezers?

Ants on a log, yum!

Picking out the last of the worms

Afterwards, we ventured outside to learn all about hazards birds encounter everyday. Things like power lines, pesticides, other animals, and buildings are all things that can harm birds in their everyday lives!

We have lots of fun today. Tomorrow we will finish up with a biology planetarium show and nature walk!