The Discover Ants Workshop Program consists of five modules. Each module consists of visual presentations, short video messages and opportunities to put what you have learned to a test.
Learning Outcomes are clearly defined in each module and can be checked after each section by completing an activity sheet or an online quiz.
Modules consists of several sections, each section focuses on a core topic.
A basic understanding of ants, both in the context of global biodiversity and local environments.
Worldwide Species Diversity put into perspective (“How much is there of what”)
Interesting facts about ants
Ecological importance of ants explained
What are species and how ants fit into the animal kingdom.
Species concept explained
How to recognize an ant
How to identify different species
A basic understanding of systematics and how scientific work in the field of taxonomy (= the description and classification of newly discovered species) works.
Categorising and Naming – why it makes sense
How to describe a newly discovered species – a first hand report from a taxonomic researcher
How to recognize and identify species
How to get from a question to a well-founded, scientifically sound answer
Introducing the three steps of the scientific method (observation, hypothesis, experiment)
Exercise: Working out your own research questions
Introducing the Citizen Science experiment “Ant Picnic”
Analyzing scientific data, create graphs and find an “answer” to your own Ant Picnic experiment from Module 4. Learn how to critically consider graphs and statistics.
Introduction to basic statistics – data (vs. numbers), summary statistics
Data analysis and graphs
The “Iceberg”: How to critically consider graphs and tables
Work with your own Ant Picnic data from Module 4.