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1 Science Olympiad NM Entomology Contest-2014 Dr. Carol Sutherland Supervisor for 2014 State Entomology Science Olympiad Competition Extension Entomologist, NMSU & State Entomologist, NMDA

2 Clarity---Simple Explanations Where and What Are Your Resources? What you’ll see are my plans for this event---based on Olympiad rules and resources Guided Tour of Resources---what’s helpful and good---or not so much….

3 Where Do You Find Information About the 2014 Science Olympiad Entomology Contest? HEREwww.soinc.org Look for ‘Entomology’www.soinc.org

4 General Rules for (B) & (C) Competition Any private or public school, charter school or home school in grades 6-12 is eligible to participate. Division B-students grades 6 to 9---Middle school Division C-grades 9 to 12---High school Process Skills: observation, inferences, (data?) & diagram analysis, make and/or use a dichotomous key on insects (later)

5 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition 1.DESCRIPTION: Student teams will ---identify insects & selected immatures by order and family (Official List) ---answer questions about insects ---use or construct a simple dichotomous key. TEAM = 1 or 2 students APPROXIMATE TIME: 50 minutes 2. EVENT PARAMETERS: Each TEAM may bring ONE 8.5" x 11" two-sided page of information in any form from any source (e.g., notes, insect lists, etc.)---see my suggestion ---ONE commercially published resource that may be annotated and tabbed (limit 3 words on any tab)---Audubon Field Guide ---ONE hand lens or magnifying glass---suggest at least 10x *The Supervisor will provide a team answer sheet & any dissecting microscopes, lights, etc.* CHEAT SHEET

6 TRAINING MATERIALS Training Power Point – content overview (confusing) Training Power Point – content overview (confusing) Training Handout - content information Training Handout - content information Sample Tournament – sample problems with key (couldn’t find) Sample Tournament – sample problems with key (couldn’t find) Event Supervisor Guide – event prep tips, setup needs and scoring tips (don’t need) Event Supervisor Guide – event prep tips, setup needs and scoring tips (don’t need) Internet Resources & Training Materials – on the Science Olympiad website at under Event Information YES!! Internet Resources & Training Materials – on the Science Olympiad website at under Event Information YES!!www.soinc.org All cost some $$$. A Biology-Earth Science CD, and the Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders are available from SO store at (a taxonomy CD is coming soon) All cost some $$$. A Biology-Earth Science CD, and the Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders are available from SO store at (a taxonomy CD is coming soon)

7 Official Identification Guide Permit one copy/team during competition quick reference tabs permitted limit of 3 words/tab Cost: $16 Science Olympiad Store Amazon.com has these, also $16.12 for ‘prime’ $12.18 for new $ 5.24 for used Official source to resolve ID disputes

8 GENERAL TIPS---FIELD GUIDE Study information in the front of the field guide Become familiar with organization of color plates Notice field guide organization is similar to that of Official Insect List Put the page numbers of Orders and Families Information from the Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders on the Official Insect List – it will save time Tab the field guide with very small useful tabs Practice using the Field Guide to identify specimens or photos Practice under timed conditions to prepare for competition

9 Making That Info (CHEAT) Sheet Their List---Jammed together format My List---Orders with indented Families Make sure students use this list as P.1 of their Cheat Sheet

10 Why? These numbers will be the answers used in the Identifications of insects! (no spelling errors!) If they wish, write all over the front of this sheet and all over the back---8.5” x 11” MAX! This is the basis of your 2-sided info sheet. Other written questions will be ‘Multiple Choice’ or maybe, T/F. See the ** entries on the list; know those immatures, too! This will simplify the answer sheet and speed up grading, final results---and we get to go home sooner

11 My Design for the Competition One-way traffic, accommodating 30 teams at once 30 stations, each with 1 insect & 3 questions Each station = 1.5 minutes 30 stations x 1.5 minutes = 45 minutes, with 5 Minutes to check answers or revisit the hard ones (We do this annually with 4H Ent. ID contest) But if there’s MORE than 30 teams scheduled for one competition time, then….. ME

12 My Design for the Competition …with lots of teams… … …… One-way traffic, accommodating up to 60 teams at once 30 stations in a competition, each with 1 insect & 3 questions BUT now use 2 sets of exams---arranged to loop Each station = 1.5 minutes45min. for quiz + 5min review Start anywhere; advance 30 times = 1 completed exam (We do this annually with FFA Entomology ID Competition)

13 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition Their Version c. For any individual specimens, questions may also be asked concerning the economic or health impact of the specimen upon the human race. d. Topics may include structure & function of internal & external anatomy, ecology, behavior, & history. e. One of the stations may involve students using or formulating a simple dichotomous key to identify insects. My Version For any specimen, questions also may be asked concerning the: ---economic or health impact of the species (-men upon the human race.) ---structure & function of internal & external anatomy ---ecology ---behavior ---history (related to that species). One of the stations may involve students using or formulating a simple dichotomous key to identify insects. anatomy & physiology, reproduction, habitat characteristics, conservation, biogeography Mentioned in Karen’s Ent. ‘Overview’ This is ‘General Ent Knowledge’

14 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition 36. Order? (use number from your List of Insects) (Cheat Sheet) 37.This insect has __?____ metamorphosis. A. ametabolous B. semimetabolous C. hemimetabolous D. holometabolous 38.This insect has _____ mouthparts. A. chewing B. sucking C. rasping-sucking D. sponging EXAMPLE OF A STATION WITH AN ORDER ID With Two questions on General entomology. Specimen

15 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition EXAMPLE OF A STATION WITH AN ORDER AND FAMILY ID With One question on General entomology. 40. Order? (use number from your List of Insects (Cheat Sheet) 41. Family? 42. This insect has ___mouthparts. A. chewing B. sucking C. rasping-sucking D. sponging

16 Maybe the student answer sheet will look like this? Team Middle School ____ High School____ Science Olympiad, Entomology Competition Team School_____________ Team City ______________ Team Last Names ______________ and _______________ Q#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#AnsQ#Ans

17 Where Do You Find ‘General Ent Knowledge’? Your web site for general info on the Entomology contest: under Event Information Let’s see what’s there……

18 Here’s the outline of ‘general entomology’ resources available to both B and C groups. I fixed this for you already---USE THE FIXED, INDENTED FORM!! Sampler of the general web site Some are very good--- including text, color photos and diagrams, some animation in the Gen. Ent. Tutorial. Explore the NCSU Tutorial site & find the ‘Bug Chicks’ videos. Most are 10 minute video lessons that hit the highlights of particular subjects. NCSU content also included where there are more --- might be a repeat I RECOMMEND THE NCSU SITES---HINT, HINT…… YES, THIS IS A COLLEGE COURSE IN ENTOMOLOGY

19 What About the Rest of the Resources? Several good sources of photos for ID, study Some of these are NCSU sites, still good Rest seem somewhat repetitive

20 What is a ‘dichotomous key’? Y Y Y Identification tool in which the user compares an unknown with a PAIR of descriptions….. Select the option with the BETTER fit, follow instructions to move on to the next PAIR of descriptions and repeat…. Final couplet should produce the correct ID ** This is a ‘short-horned grasshopper’

21 Insect Characteristics Make a list of characteristics for each insect

22 Construct a dichotomous key using list of characteristics go to step 2 1a..... go to step ladybug 2a......grasshopper 3... dragonfly 3a Housefly Note: There should be one less step than the total number of organisms to be identified in your dichotomous key.

23 A Sample Dichotomous Key 1. wings covered by an exoskeleton go to step 2 1a.wings not covered by an exoskeleton.... go to step 3 2. body has a round shape ladybug 2a. body has an elongated shape......grasshopper 3. wings point out from the side of the body.. dragonfly 3a. wings point to the posterior of the body..... Housefly Note: There should be one less step than the total number of organisms to be identified in your dichotomous key.

24 Doing the Competition Carefully read questions; use common sense in answering Write answers legibly in appropriate places on answer sheet Work as a team – use time effectively Use Notes & Field Guide effectively NO SPELLING IS NECESSARY! Relax, Do your best, and Have Fun!!

25 Insect Experts in About 3 Months… You are the coach---encourage your team Help students pace their studies? NCSU course is full of good information. Vocabulary! Collect several photos of each family, each order (where only the order is on the list) DO NOT depend on colors and patterns for ID Questions? Problems? Ask me & I’ll post Q&A for all

26 Dr. Carol Sutherland Supervisor, 2014 (State) Entomology Science Olympiad Competition Extension Entomologist, NMSU & State Entomologist, NMDA


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