Our homes may seem like nothing is living in them. Turns out we are living with thousands of tiny roommates. Dr. Michelle Trautwein has been studying the insects living in our homes for the last couple of years. During this Scientist's Scoop--an online webchat offered for free for students around the country--she revealed some fascinating truths about our homes.
In the 1-hour live discussion, we discovered what it is like to study arthropods living in homes around the world. During the program, over 750 4th–12th grade students learned together how Michelle fell in love with these tiny creatures and decided to study them.
We discussed her process for collecting arthropods and made predictions of what we might find in our own homes. Then students compared what Michelle found in homes to what they found in their own backyards and school yards. At the end of the program, students learned what surprised Michelle here in the US and in her travels to explore all 7 continents.
This program was interactive in nature! Students had the opportunity to ask Michelle about their curiosities regarding what it is like to study arthropods in homes, the type of skills needed, and her research findings.