Students spent the morning completing an observational study of ants. Using cookies and deli meat as bait, SIFTers observed what species of ants showed up, which came first, and how they interacted with the food. Convening back in the assembly building, the group listed out all of the species observed and which baits ants were attracted to. After lunch, students used their observations to develop a research question. This guided them into designing a full research project using best practices in ecological experimental design. SIFTers hard work was rewarded with ice cream as the training week came to a close.
|Julia Berndt scribes observations.|
|SIFTers work collaboratively to identify ants.|
|Dr. James Trager (right) shares ant observations with Jill Tayon (left) and Raj Pandya (center).|