The mealworm colony takes over STEM in Middle School

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Have you heard about STEM teacher Jason Ermer’s mealworm colony? In addition to a snail habitat, he’s got a bin of mealworms, which grow up into darkling beetles (Tenebrio molitor, if you’re a biology person :).

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This past week, students did a lab in which they let the beetles run on a piece of paper, traced their path, and marked the distance they ran every five seconds. Next week, they’ll analyze this data, make some distance-time graphs, and talk about rate of change, line of best fit, and average speed. Enjoy!