Monday, November 9, 2009

Space Age Ant Raffle

Students in the Space Lab this month will have an opportunity to win a space age ant farm developed by NASA. AntWorks is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity.

I recently purchases one of these from Amazon for my grandson, Peter. He LOVES it! Those ants never stopped tunneling and moving. Every day is an adventure as the ants are constantly making new tunnels and connections.

I purchased the ants from Edmond Scientific. They came in a little tube.As soon as I released the ants, they began to get busy. Watch out; one got on my finger and bit it really hard!

Students who let me know by email or in person what phase the moon is at in the night sky will have their name tossed in the hat for the raffle! No cheating parents, your child must step outside at night and look up!!!

I'm sure happy parents were relieved when the Space Lab was published. Surely they thought that their child would not be going home with anything that moves, creeps, or wiggles. Sorry parents! I'm on your child's side :) Children need to see God's creation in nature and I hope to provide it to the best of my abilities!!


Anonymous said...

I just have to say... Your an amazing instructor! I'm not a creepy crawler type of Mom but I love your enthusiasm!! Margaret H.

Rachel said...

That is absolutely one of the best gifts Peter's ever gotten. He loves it, and now he's the coolest kid in the neighborhood, ha ha!

Susan Wells said...

Hi Ellen - Thank you for including Steve Spangler Science in your holiday favorites. The neodymium magnets are so much fun and have many uses. One of my favorites, you touched on, is finding pieces of meteorites or space dust in your gutters. Here's a link to the experiment -

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris