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Students Collect Bugs for Science

Exploring Insect Diversity

In order to explore insect diversity, grade nine science students at Hamilton District Christian High have set up a Malaise trap and security tape to collect bugs on the school campus.

Malaise traps are collecting tools used to carry out biodiversity inventories for scientific research. As part of a worldwide project called the Malaise Trap Project, HDCH students will send these specimens to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph to be counted, sorted and DNA barcoded.

Once the barcode sequence has been obtained, it is placed in the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) database – a reference library of DNA barcodes that can be used to assign identities to unknown specimens.

Through hands-on research and inquiry based learning, the School Malaise Trap Program offers students the opportunity to become actively engaged citizen scientists contributing valuable data to the International Barcode of Life project.

HDCH students have been blogging about their experience and their findings.