Thursday, March 28, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019
I love this quote by Albert Einstein.
Recently, my grandchildren "mopped up the floor" with their science projects at the Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair. (Can you feel the humility in this statement)? All three of them won the coveted grand champion for their age category and they also made the front page of the Freeport IL Journal Standard. Grand champion winners were: Ella Leverton for kindergarten through third grade; Gabriel Leverton for fourth through sixth grade; and Breanna Leverton for seventh and eighth grade.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Did you miss the Aquaponics Lab? No worries. I am doing two live trainings on Wednesday January 16th at 9:30am EST and at 4:30pm EST. And the best part about it is its FREE!
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
|goat milk, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, avacado oil, apricto oil, non-nano zinc oxide, vitamin A and C, stearic acid, refrigerate|
Sunday, November 18, 2018
I have dreamed about constructing an ant lab for years and years. For one reason or another it just never happened. This school year is the last year that I will be creating new labs. From here on I will blow the dust off the labs I've taught before every three years or so. So I had to do it now or never.
Did you know ants share food from their social stomach by kissing other ants? Most ants have a chemical called formic acid in their gasters. They can squirt the acid out of their bodies when provoked. Wood ants can even drive off large animals like cows from their colonies. They all group together and spray formic acid into the air. Most ants are female worker ants. The queen ant can live for up to 30 years and will lay eggs continually after mating only one time.
|(we call her Ella Bella Petronella)|
Here is a soda bottle formicarium that I made about a week ago. It took four days for the ants to work their way up through the bottle connector to the top.
|notice the mandibles extending from the head|
|This Red Harvester ant is quite hairy.|
|This ant has two petioles.|
|Stinger protruding from the gaster.|
I walked out to our pasture and carefully dug up a fire ant colony. It was cold outside so they were kind of groggy but still moving slowly. Ants like all insects, are cold blooded. They don't get out much in the cold weather. We found some pupae and larvae in the jar of fire ants. How exciting!
I can't wait for this summer when the queens and male ants take to the air for their yearly nuptial flight. You might see me outside with a net trying to catch a queen. I hope all my students have been stung by the ant bug and are ready to build all kinds of interesting formicariums on their own.