Around 3900 visitors stopped by the MACRO team stand to learn about aquatic bugs and the goals of the MACRO project.
Fish Prints at Prairie Park Science Discovery Day
In April, Mike Thai, Rachel Bowes, and Emily Arsenault participated in Prairie Park Elementary School’s Science Discovery Day in Lawrence, Kansas. They introduced children to fish and reptile biology using Gyotaku, a traditional Japanese method of printing fish onto paper or canvas to create a record of catches. Participants used preserved specimens from the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute to make colorful prints, using water-based paints, of both local and exotic fishes and reptiles. As they created, they learned about the ecological roles of their chosen fish or reptile specimens and engaged in discussions about why certain colors and patterns might be found in nature.