Investigating Insect DNA!
Northport Elementary is one of 50 schools nationwide participating in School Malaise Research Project. Each participating school receives a program package, educational materials, and a Malaise trap to collect insects in their schoolyard for a specified two week period. The specimens are sent back to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, a division of Guelph University, where they are analyzed, DNA coded, and then reported back to each school. Students are responsible for setting up the collection tent (Malaise) tracking, report specimens and blogging with the university scientists.