Migration and Education

A long popular science topic, butterflies are a key component of the seasonal changes. They fly south for the winter and hunker down until spring. Often focusing on the Monarch Butterfly, schools teach kids about their mass migration and their efforts of survival as an introduction to the life cycles of nature.

The mass migration is an essential part of the natural cycle of life and has captivated the minds and imaginations of school children for ages. Seeing these beautifully winged insects fly for thousands of miles in hoards is a perfect example of how life adapts to the changing climate, and what their migration means for the local environments they inhabit. This is a great opportunity to show the connectivity of the ecosystems from around the world. That without this migration, certain functions of other areas would not be possible.

A popular science experiment for school age children is to grow and raise their own butterflies in the classroom. This allows them to see the life cycles of each stage the insect needs in order to become the final form that they know of and refer to as a butterfly. This also helps children to understand that every life has a meaning and a purpose. What efforts can the children put forth in order to preserve nature?

As an added bonus on the topic of butterflies, the mass migration that happens every spring can be viewed online. Live video feeds can bring the images right to the children. They can also track the migration from one location to another, so that they get a better sense of their route, the miles covered, and their final destination.

 

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