Lopez Elementary 4th-graders

4th-graders from Lopez Elementary record guppy foraging behavior through a viewing blind

4th-graders from Lopez Elementary record guppy foraging behavior through a viewing blind

4th-graders use Excel to enter and analyze their data

Students use Excel to enter and analyze their data

Lopez students presented their research at a local conference in 2012

Lopez students presented their research at a local conference in 2012

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*

*Lopez Elementary 4th-grade, Broder ED, Delehoy B, Angeloni LM. 2012. Guppies foraging without and with a predator smell. Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. Fort Collins, CO. Poster presentation.

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.

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