Abstract # 2956 Event # 1:

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2010 08:00 AM-04:00 PM: (on your own) Workshop


PRIMATOLOGISTS GO TO ZOO SCHOOL

C. N. Ross1,2 and A. S. P. Education Committee2
1Barshop Institute for Longevity & Aging, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX 78245-3207, USA, 2ASP Education Committee
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The ASP Education Committee is participating in an outreach activity with the Louisville Zoo to introduce elementary students and Zoo docents to primates and primate based educational activities. This year members of the ASP education committee will be visiting Louisville Zoo to work with elementary students enrolled in Zoo School. Each grade level at Zoo School focuses on different topics that fulfill Kentucky State Science Standards, and we will be contributing topic related hands on activities that expose the students to the wonder of primates. Topics to be discussed are primate adaptations, survival techniques, primate behavior, differentiation, primate evolution, and primate conservation. We will also be working with the Louisville Zoo docents introducing inquiry driven hands on exercises that encourage learning about primate diversity, behavior, and conservation. Zoo docents and educational volunteers work with hundreds of children and adults throughout the year and have many opportunities to educate the public about animal needs and conservation. All presentations will be designed to encourage inquiry-based learning that excites children about science and math.