Webinar: Spooky Collections and Spectacular Bat Adaptations!
The Zoom webinar with Ingrid Rochon and Lauren Caspers aired October 28, 2022, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series.
- This video features closed captions and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
Did someone say bats?! Celebrate the Halloween season with Museum Technician Ingrid Rochon and Graduate Student Intern Lauren Caspers on this special edition Spooky Smithsonian Science How! Streaming from behind the scenes at the National Museum of Natural History, Ingrid and Lauren show your students that bats come in all shapes and sizes and are, just maybe, not so spooky after all. Students will hone their observational skills by making scientific illustrations of the specimens they see. They’ll compare their drawings of different bats — from vampire bats to nectar bats to giant flying foxes — and predict what different bats eat based on their body adaptations. They will also see how different museum specimens are stored and cared for and will ultimately learn about the value of collections for understanding the world around us.
Moderator: Maggy Benson, an educator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- This video complements the Animal Adaptations (for Grades K-2) and Insect Illustration (for Grades 3-5) school programs and can be used as an extension resource.
- The primary goals of this webinar are to help students find value in studying the natural world, build their interest and personal connections to science, and learn about science careers.
Materials to Bring
Each student viewer should have 1 to 3 pieces of paper and a pencil to participate in this program and, optionally, a black marker to outline their final drawings.
Next Generation Science Standards
Grades 3 to 5
- 3-LS4-2: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
- LS4.B, Disciplinary Core Idea: Natural Selection – Sometimes, the differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
About Smithsonian Science How
Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout.
Thematically aligned with NMNH School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar aligns with core content from a specific school program, but is an independent experience.
- Website: Build a Bat House (National Wildlife Federation)
- Video: Explore Animal Adaptations
- Video: Draw a Carolina Sphinx Moth and Learn about Its Adaptations