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Bio Blitz 2015


Created by Emma MD, last updated 2015-11-13

We've never done a nature camp before, and now I know why. Ack!
There's many great options, but weather makes me nervous...


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How Animals Stay Warm

So gross so good! How does blubber keep you warm?

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Designer Seeds

Possibly too hard for us. But nice structure: design a seed that travels a long distance in the wind. I like the design approach to bio!

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Natural Selection Because of Different Color: Camouflage

Moths--this is frequently used to 'prove' evolution, but the results were found to be falsified, weren't they?!?

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Saldo Island: An Unfair Game

Active Game: The problem with invasive species

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Scent Tracking

on snow. Can we modify this for summer?

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Who Eats What?

food web rock paper scissors!

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Dichotomous Key

1st day game! Make a camp group 'tree'. Can then Key out which group the counsellor would belong to!

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Fly a Leaf

try a leaf zipline!

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Mapping Mockingbirds

logic puzzle to understand natural selection

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Busted by Biology

ink chromatography as a model for DNA...

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Biobarcodes: Antibodies and Nanosensors

A new method of how to detect anitbodies. Hands-on, using 'puzzles'. Immune system/microscopic day, maybe?

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Outbreak!: Investigating Epidemics

Like the handshaking game, campers go around. See how it spreads... Going with immunology/bacteria day?

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Wash This Way

handwashing activitity, using glitter (similar to glo germ...) microbio/immunology day?

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Pea Patch Pollination Game

'board game' looking at bees and pollination over time...

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Dress Like a Frog

It's a demo, but cute: give a volunteer anitfreeze, and flippers, and a noisemaker to represent frog characteristics (glucose in blood, webbed feet, long tongue) etc

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Frog Olympics

Cute! We could do an active how animals move day...

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Soak It Up: Understanding Amphibian Permeability

eggs absorbing (hard-boiled: peeled vs unpeeled)

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Jump Start

link to the 'frog olympics"

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Gecko Feet

biomimicry? How do the bottoms of your shoes compare to gecko feet? How many 'points of contact' are there?

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Web It!

Lots of spiders. Are too many campers afraid of spiders? Good opportunity to show that they're not scary?

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Spider Glider

Did this for spying on science (not a spider tho)

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Make your own Antelope Horns!

Hmm. Difference between horns and antlers, with some 'games' in there too. Not the strongest example, but...

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Deer Me: A Predator/Prey Simulation

tabletop predator/prey/generations game. unclear how to play? (I skimmed, but I don't understand how wolves 'catch' the deer)

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Build a Tree

Lots of activities in this booklet. The title activity, 'build a tree,' would link well to Kat's interview demo..

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Flower Powder

pollen collection pair with: http://budburst.org/documents/871408/879751/PBB_wanderpollen.pdf/569b4e44-5dc2-4c60-904d-d3cd2f252b9a

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Bird Beaks

more bird beaks

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Morphing Butterfly

...need a morpho wing for each group/small group (put rubbing alcohol on it to change the colour...)

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Exploring Structures: Butterfly

ties into the other butterfly one (without rubbing alcohol) Wing can be reused more easily, yellow vs blue butterflies (iridescence vs pigment)

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North American Endangered Amphibians Card Game

cute little logic game to learn about amphibians

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The Great Plankton Race

It's basically a flinker, but explained as plankton. (They hover just under the surface)

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Illuminating Luminescence

chemi vs phosph vs bio luminescence. glowsticks and glow-in-the-dark stars and black lights

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Roots and Shoots

great suggestion in comments: pair with book "Tops and Bottoms"

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Hungry as a Caterpillar

Very simple (use hula hoop as sample square). Just looking for evidence of insects having eaten some leaves... some good exploration ?s

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Acorns

Can't use actual nuts, obviously, but beads would work as well. (if I can solve the 'mark as your own' problem) Won't be playing with snow or leaf coverage, but can totally work around that too. Good active, roleplay ecology game

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Clipbirds

pair with the bird beaks other one!

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Seed Dispersal

challenge-like structutre: modify seeds. Plus: outdoor bingo

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From Polliwog to Frog

make a little frog 'puppet'. Make a body, then have legs/tadpole tail etc attached as separate pieces by brads. Then, to show the metamorphosis, pull out the different appendages. a little simple/crafty, but we do need take-homes!

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Salt, Soil and Seeds

Growing seeds takes time, obviously. I would love to set it up like a revolving lab: week 0: We start to grow seeds week 2: campers start to grown seeds. Then (cooking show-style) counsellors bring out the seed that have been growing for 2 weeks week 4 campers grow some seeds. Then counsellors show off seeds grown weeks 0 and 2 week 6 etc week 8 etc week 10 gets to look at so many seeds!

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Variation Game

another predator/grey like game. Different eras success depends on 'fighting off' other monkeys. Fighting=games like RPS etc. good way to determine success. will need modification

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Race for Survival

relay race; grab 'animals' hidden in 'habitats' (camouflaged paper on different backgrounds). We do need to talk about camouflage...this is a quick game that can complement it

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Build a Bug

long doc from cosci. check it out--there's a tonne of activities here

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ANTacid: Indicator Paper on an Anthill

Don't bother making the indicator paper, (or do, but in a large batch) but looking for formic acid is great!

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Plant Piping

a) as demo, needs potted plant. Cover a few leaves with a ziplock overnight, look at water collected b) use paper towel rolled up in a straw to model how water travels up the stalk of a plant. Leave it overnight.

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