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1 Science Olympiad NM Entomology Contest-2014 Dr. Carol SutherlandSupervisor for 2014 State Entomology Science Olympiad CompetitionExtension 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 resourcesGuided 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? HERE Look for ‘Entomology’
4 General Rules for (B) & (C) Competition Any private or public school, charter school or home school ingrades 6-12 is eligible to participate. Division B-students grades 6 to 9---Middle school Division C-grades 9 to 12---High schoolProcess Skills: observation, inferences, (data?) & diagram analysis,make and/or use a dichotomous key on insects (later)
5 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition 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 minutes2. 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 Handout - content informationSample Tournament – sample problems with key (couldn’t find)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!!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 competitionquick reference tabs permittedlimit of 3 words/tabCost: $16 Science Olympiad StoreAmazon.com has these, also$16.12 for ‘prime’$12.18 for new$ for usedOfficial source to resolve ID disputes
8 GENERAL TIPS---FIELD GUIDE Study information in the front of the field guideBecome familiar with organization of color platesNotice field guide organization is similar to that of Official Insect ListPut the page numbers of Orders and Families Information from the Audubon Guide to Insects and Spiders on the Official Insect List – it will save timeTab the field guide with very small useful tabsPractice using the Field Guide to identify specimens or photosPractice under timed conditions to prepare for competition
9 Making That Info (CHEAT) Sheet My List---Orders with indented FamiliesTheir List---Jammed together formatMake surestudentsuse thislist as P.1of theirCheat 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 thissheet 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 ‘MultipleChoice’ or maybe, T/F.See the ** entries on the list; know those immatures, too!This will simplify the answer sheet and speed upgrading, final results---and we get to go home sooner
11 My Design for the Competition One-way traffic, accommodating 30 teams at once30 stations, each with 1 insect & 3 questionsEach station = 1.5 minutes30 stations x 1.5 minutes = 45 minutes, with 5Minutes 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 forone competition time, then…..ME
12 My Design for the Competition …with lots of teams… One-way traffic, accommodating up to 60 teams at once30 stations in a competition, each with 1 insect & 3 questionsBUT now use 2 sets of exams---arranged to loopEach station = 1.5 minutes 45min. for quiz + 5min reviewStart 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 Versionc. For any individual specimens, questions may also be asked concerning the economic or health impact of thespecimen 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 VersionFor 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 keyto identify insects.Mentioned in Karen’s Ent. ‘Overview’anatomy & physiology, reproduction, habitat characteristics,conservation,biogeographyThis is ‘General Ent Knowledge’
14 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition 36. Order? (use number from your List of Insects)(Cheat Sheet)This insect has __?____ metamorphosis.A. ametabolousB. semimetabolousC. hemimetabolousD. holometabolousThis insect has _____ mouthparts.A. chewingB. suckingC. rasping-suckingD. spongingSpecimenEXAMPLE OF A STATIONWITH AN ORDER IDWithTwo questions onGeneral entomology.
15 General Rules for (B) & (C) Ent. Competition 40. Order? (use number from yourList of Insects (Cheat Sheet)41. Family?42. This insect has ___mouthparts.A. chewingB. suckingC. rasping-suckingD. spongingEXAMPLE OF A STATIONWITH AN ORDER ANDFAMILY IDWithOne question onGeneral entomology.
16 Maybe the student answer sheet will look like this? TeamMiddle School ____ High School____ Science Olympiad, Entomology CompetitionTeam School_____________ Team City ______________ Team Last Names ______________ and _______________Q#Ans015610192837465564738202311202938476574830341221303948576675840413223140495867768505142332415059687786062152433425160697887076216253443526170798808172635445371808909182736455463728190
17 Where Do You Find ‘General Ent Knowledge’? Your web site for general info on the Entomology contest:under EventInformationLet’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 siteSome are very good including text, color photos anddiagrams, some animation in the Gen. Ent. Tutorial.Explore the NCSU Tutorial site & find the ‘Bug Chicks’videos. Most are 10 minute video lessonsthat hit the highlights of particular subjects.NCSU content also included where there aremore might be a repeatI 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, studySome of these are NCSU sites, still goodRest seem somewhat repetitive
20 What is a ‘dichotomous key’? Identification tool in which the user comparesan unknown with a PAIR of descriptions…..Select the option with the BETTER fit, followinstructions to move on to the next PAIRof descriptions and repeat….Final couplet should produce the correct ID**YThis is a ‘short-horned grasshopper’YY
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 3ladybug 2a grasshopper dragonfly 3a HouseflyNote: 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 32. 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 HouseflyNote: There should be one less step than the total number of organisms to be identified in your dichotomous key.
24 Doing the CompetitionCarefully read questions; use common sense in answeringWrite answers legibly in appropriate places on answer sheetWork as a team – use time effectivelyUse Notes & Field Guide effectivelyNO SPELLING IS NECESSARY!Relax, Do your best, and Have Fun!!
25 Insect Experts in About 3 Months… You are the coach---encourage your teamHelp 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 IDQuestions? Problems? Ask me & I’ll post Q&A for all