BC-Bug is an online game created to accompany the EGENTS program (see below). Play the game as a ladybug and eat as many aphids as you can to save the plants in the garden but watch out for predators (birds) looking to eat you! The concept and meaning of this game (in a scientific sense) can be referenced in the Predators section of this site.
Weed-feeders is an online game created to accompany the EGENTS program (see below). Play the game as a farmer with a plot of rangeland that is trying to raise cattle. Your cattle need a clean plot to eat and grow and you must use biological control agents to keep out the weeds that are trying to invade. The concept and meaning of this game (in a scientific sense) can be referenced in the Weed-feeders section of this site.
Parasitoids is an online game created to accompany the EGENTS program (see below). Play as a parasitic wasp that plants an egg in an aphid. The aphids are killing the plants in a garden but the wasp is in turn killing the aphids and thus and effective biocontrol agent. You can reference a youtube video about parasitic wasps here. The concept and meaning of this game (in a scientific sense) can be referenced in the Parasitoids section of this site.
What is EGENTS?
EGENTS is a meant to be downloaded and printed as a “lesson-plan” for teachers of 3rd-5th grade students. It is a free, not-for-profit, interactive curriculum for elementary aged students used to promote the importance of Biological Control. The workbook (downlad to the right) is designed as a tool to be used in conjunction with community garden programs. Simply download the book, print the pages, and have your student(s) use the pages as a learning tool and journal. Feel free to use the entire booklet or just certain pages for specific lessons.
Some kinds of lady beetles are disappearing and others are becoming more common. Learn about “lost ladybugs” and find out how you can help scientists at Cornell search for them at http://www.lostladybug.org/index.php
Join members of Cornell University’s Entomology Department at Insectapalooza, an annual, daylong celebration of insects and their kin. Free and open to the public – all age groups welcome. For more information, check out the Insectapalooza website at http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/news/insectapalooza.cfm