I adapted foraging experiments from my dissertation for 4th-grade students and implemented them at Lopez Elementary (Fort Collins, CO) in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I introduced the scientific process, guppy biology, and then helped the students design hypotheses and develop experiments. Each student independently conducted a behavioral experiment with guppies and used Excel to enter and analyze data.
Sixty 4th-graders participated each year from Lopez Elementary for a total of 180 students over three years. Students compared foraging behavior between males and females. They also investigated differences between native Trinidadian guppies and store-bought guppies that have been selectively bred for many generations. Students presented their findings at a local conference. *Pictures 2011*Pictures 2012*Pictures 2013*
PRESS: Kyle, Sarah Jane. “Lopez fourth-graders test science smarts: Ecology Symposium at CSU gets students thinking.” The Coloradoan [Fort Collins, CO] 22 February 2012.