Locally Sourced Science Exhibits

BSERC and its subsidiary the Bisbee Science Lab are dedicated to bringing hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education to Cochise County and beyond.

 

As part of this effort to promote STEAM, and thanks to generous donations from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Freeport McMoRan (FMI), and various other sources, BSERC travels to different schools, community events, and after school programs with its mobile lab, Sky Island STEAM Express. 

 

This mobile lab brings a rotation of locally sourced science exhibits to youth in the county, introducing them to various scientific topics through fun, hands-on activities.

 

This is where you come in! 

 

The Bisbee Science Lab is looking to create a mobile lab exhibit on Entomology that touches upon:

Pollinators, Insects’ Role in the Ecosystem, & Insect Biodiversity

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We're looking for collaborators to help with:

Content

Knowledge

Are you an entomology expert or enthusiast? Have a background in entomological research? Just know a lot about bugs? We want to hear what you have to say! We are looking for individuals to provide locally relevant information on pollinators, insects’ role in sky island ecosystems, and insect biodiversity for this exhibit. 

Exhibit

Design

Do you love design? Have a great idea about what an entomology exhibit should look like? Are you very excited about conceptualizing this exhibit? We’re looking for people to help design our exhibits to be eye-catching and versatile. We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Execution &

Fabrication

Do you have a knack for building things? Do you woodwork, weld, paint, or fabricate unique pieces of art? Are you interested in building pieces that will help students learn about bugs? We’re looking for individuals that can help build the exhibit from the ground up. We’d love to have your help!

Curriculum Development

Are you a current or former educator? Have experience in designing curriculum or leading educational group activities? Do you want to inspire a love for STEAM in our community? We’re looking for community members to help in designing engaging, hands-on curriculum to bring our exhibit to life!

Other

Have other ideas or ways you can help? Let us know! 

 

The Exhibit Must:

Be Mobile

All exhibit materials will travel with our mobile lab, Sky Island STEAM Express in our 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Independent exhibit materials should weigh no more than 50 lbs.

 Experienced in 45 min - 1 hr

Groups of schoolchildren often have 45 min - 1 hr to experience the exhibit. Students should be able to gain most of what an exhibit has to offer in this time.

Be Easily Facilitated

As exhibits travel throughout the county, they are facilitated by local high school and adult volunteers. These volunteers are usually briefed beforehand on their responsibilities, but it is best if the exhibit and associated activities are easily facilitated. No need to be over complicated!

Be Able to Accomodate 50-70 Students at a Time

Past and current exhibits have accomplished this by dividing the exhibit up into 5 unique “stations” which can engage up to 15 kids at a time. 

Serve K-12 Students

The exhibit will be traveling to schools all over Cochise County, visiting kindergarteners to high school seniors. The exhibit must be engaging enough for this entire age range. Past and current exhibits have accomplished this through providing a different curriculum for K-5 and 6-12 grades.

Be Relevant

We pride ourselves on creating exhibits which are locally relevant to our community members! Exhibits should contain information pertinent to Southeastern Arizona and be able to be presented bilingually.

Past Exhibits

As part of a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the Bisbee Science Lab put out a call for locally-sourced exhibits with the theme: Biological Structures & Functions.

 

We are proud to announce the winner: “Your Hip Bone’s Connected to a Whale’s Bone,” an exhibit that uses the study of bones to find connections between biological systems.

 

Proposed by two University of Arizona PhD students, Marta Schoenle & Megan Ewbank, this exhibit will travel as part of the Sky Island STEAM Express’s inaugural trip through Cochise County. We are so excited for this new exhibit, and want to thank Marta & Megan, as well as IMLS and the BSERC Team that make this all possible!

Stay tuned to see the exhibit when it's finished and visit our Sky Island STEAM Express page to see where it will be traveling! 

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Marta Schoenle

Megan Ewbank

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