Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Capstone Project Begins

Currently I am spending two nights a week in a Minnesota Master Naturalist program. The purpose of the program is to introduce and educate us on a particular biome that is in our state as well as to assist us in becoming better volunteers for environmental organizations. As a part of the program we are required to complete a Capstone Project. This is an environmental project of our choosing which is beneficial to an environmental organization or agency. For my Capstone project I have chosen to develop an educational program on Minnesota dragonflies which I will be teaching at the Carpenter Nature Center later this summer.
My program is going to consist of a beginners lesson on dragonflies, for which I will rely mostly on a PowerPoint presentation and then we will go out into the nature center and try and net us some bugs. I began working on the project this weekend, partly because I had to spend some time at work Saturday baby sitting a phone tech that had to replace a part. First I came up with an outline for my presentation and then I began to modify a couple of picture so that I can use them in the presentation. The top photo describes the different parts of a dragonfly, many of which are used to differentiate between different species of dragons. The second photo shows the 10 abdominal segments that all dragons have. It is important to know which segment is which because marking on specific segments may also be used to differentiate between species. This project will count as Environmental Education as well as Citizen Science. I am posting it here hoping to get some feed back so that I can have a successful presentation.


9 comments:

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

I took a summer class on animal behavior and spent the entire summer studing dragonflies. They're interesting little critters.

KaHolly said...

The pictures for your powerpoint are exquisite. Well done. I am not only envious of your opportunity, but of those that will benefit from your studies!!

Daniel said...

I hope you continue to share and post your lessons here for all to learn.

Well done!

jocodeane said...

You forgot thumb and index finger :-)

Very interesting and such clear diagrams.
BTW, what do I have to do to get you to make a return visit some time :-)

Rachel Roushey said...

The photos look like something out of a textbook; clear and easy to read and understand. I think they would work very well in a slide show and really help the listener know more about something that often times they don't get to see that up close. Sounds like a really neat Capstone project.

tracy said...

these are amazing shots. i never realized how astonishing and beautiful dragonflies are. we have tons more varieties of them here (in thailand) than i even encountered back home (usa). amazing colors.

Kerri said...

This is SUPER! I've already learned something new! I didn't know that all dragons had 10 abdomen segments!
Good luck with the project - I'm sure it will be a HUGE hit - and keep posting so we can learn too :)

kris... said...

I love love love dragonflies!

Frank said...

From my perspective you are definitely on the right track. Excellent teaching aids. I'm sure the classes will go well. FAB.