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Greetings from the U of M Monarch Lab! We invite you and your students to participate in the 17th annual Insect Fair, funded by the Medtronic Foundation, on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013. This is an opportunity for your students to display research projects in a science fair-like setting. Any projects related to insects or their habitats are welcome! The fair will be at the University of Minnesota Coffman Union, and will feature exciting break-out sessions, small group interviews, great food, and awards. For more information and to view sample projects, check out our web site (www.monarchlab.org) - select Insect Fair on the navigational menu in the Monarchs in the Classroom section.

All student presenters must make a poster on their research, and submit an abstract for their poster. Students can work individually, in small groups, or as entire classes. Their research can be experimental, carried out in the classroom, outside, or in the library; they do not have to have earth-shattering results. The research can address insects or any other ecological topic that seems relevant (since insects are such key members of communities, anything you study can be related to insects in some way). In addition to carrying out and presenting their research, whenever possible we ask that each student give an "outreach" presentation to younger students, their peers, or adult groups.

We will collect all Insect Fair information online. The first step is to signup online at www.monarchlab.org by Oct. 11 if you'd like to participate. At this point you'll create an account for yourself on our website (unless you already have an account from previous years). You will be able to login at a later point to submit student participant names, project titles, etc. If you have any problems with the online registration, please let us know (612 625-8304, puff0017@umn.edu).

We look forward to seeing you, and learning about the great research you and your students are doing!

Sincerely,

Katie-Lyn Bunney, Sarah Weaver, Karen Oberhauser, and the rest of the MITC Team

The fall conference call date is TBD, but will be at the end of October or in early November. Katie-Lyn, Karen and Andrea will find a time and let everyone know.

Read the summary of our Aug. 14 D2D adult leader conference call here.

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Mark your calendar for the Insect Fair

Make sure you have December 6-7 blocked off your calendar for this year's Insect Fair! Fri., Dec. 6 will include dinner and an evening of fun science activities just for D2D clubs, and Sat., Dec. 7 will be the day for the Insect Fair. Be sure to communicate this opportunity to the parents/guardians of youth in your clubs, too. More details will follow, but make sure everyone saves the date!

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  • Next D2D conference call


    The next conference call is scheduled for Tues., Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. central time. We hope everyone is able to join the phone call for any amount of time on the 6th. Your ideas are important and valuable! Please share! The conference call number is (424) 203-8400 and the passcode is 645698#.

  • Mark your calendar for the Insect Fair

    Make sure you have December 6-7 blocked off your calendar for this year's Insect Fair! Fri., Dec. 6 will include dinner and an evening of fun science activities just for D2D clubs, and Sat., Dec. 7 will be the day for the Insect Fair. Be sure to communicate this opportunity to the parents/guardians of youth in your clubs, too. More details will follow, but make sure everyone saves the date!

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