School Malaise Trap Program

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Project Overview

Title: School Malaise Trap Program
CBG Units: Education & Outreach, Collections, Genomics, Informatics
Scope: Educational program designed to fulfill core curriculum requirements for STEM teaching and learning across Canada; engages students in arthropod diversity through hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities
Project Duration: 2013-Ongoing
Stage: In Progress
Reach: 15K students across Canada (300+ schools, 9 provinces, 2 territories)
Sequences: 322K+ specimens; 85K+ DNA barcodes; 8.1K species; 1.3K species new to BOLD

 

Project Details

The goal of the School Malaise Trap Program (SMTP) is to encourage students to explore, question, and understand the world around them – starting with their own schoolyard. Since 2013, SMTP has provided Malaise traps to over 300 schools across Canada. This has given 15,000 students the opportunity to explore local arthropod diversity through hands-on and inquiry-based learning.

Specimens collected by students are contributing directly to the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) – the world’s largest DNA barcode reference library. To date, SMTP participants have collected over 322K specimens comprising 8.1K species of which 1.3K species were new to BOLD.

Participation in the SMTP connects students to global biodiversity initiatives such as the International Barcode of Life project. Through this program, students are introduced to the life of a biologist and the exciting science of DNA barcoding through comprehensive lesson plans which address multiple specific expectations across elementary and secondary curricula.

The SMTP runs during the spring and fall of each year. Each participating school receives a program package, educational materials, and a Malaise trap to collect arthropods in their schoolyard for a specified two-week period. The specimens are sent back to the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics where they are analyzed, and a report of the results is sent to each school. Currently participation in SMTP is open to schools across Canada.

 

Program Outcomes

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Fall 2015 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 54
Participating Classrooms 81
Participating Students 2,357
Comparison Sites 10
Total Organisms 47,711
DNA Barcodes 15,034
Unique Species 3,515
New to BOLD 247

 

Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Spring 2015 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 63
Participating Classrooms 80
Participating Students 2,302
Comparison Sites 5
Total Organisms 61,776
DNA Barcodes 15,199
Unique Species 2,968
New to BOLD 308

 

Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Fall 2014 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 58
Participating Classrooms 92
Participating Students 2,479
Comparison Sites 1
Total Organisms 61,052
DNA Barcodes 13,846
Unique Species 3,402
New to BOLD 324

 

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Spring 2014 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 54
Participating Classrooms 93
Participating Students 2,258
Comparison Sites 4
Total Organisms 27,965
DNA Barcodes 12,502
Unique Species 704
New to BOLD 20

 

Fall 2013

Fall 2013 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Fall 2013 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 18
Participating Classrooms 22
Participating Students 659
Comparison Sites 3
Total Organisms 28,110
DNA Barcodes 4,736
Unique Species 1,493
New to BOLD 113

 

Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Summary Report | Species List | Image Library | Field Site Report |

Spring 2013 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 60
Participating Classrooms 77
Participating Students 2,003
Comparison Sites 7
Total Organisms 95,500
DNA Barcodes 19,501
Unique Species 1,392
New to BOLD 276

 

Media

stthomastimesjournal

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Crestview PS participates in nation-wide science experiment
(December 4 2015). Waterloo Region District School Board Blog.

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Iona Academy Participates in “The School Malaise Trap Program”
(April 27 2015). Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Sponsors

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Partners

Parks Canada
Conservation Halton
Grand River Conservation Authority
Toronto Zoo

 

SMTP

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For more information on the School Malaise Trap Program visit www.malaiseprogram.ca