Note: presentations aren’t limited to K-12! We have presented in community college, undergrad, and grad school classrooms, as well as for community and industry groups. If you have a different area of focus that you would like presented, let us know and we can work to tailor a presentation to fit your needs.
General Invasive Species: we have a version of this presentation for all age levels, but we find the concept of invasive species is easier to grasp at a Grade 3 level or above. This is a great introductory presentation and covers the development of life on the Hawaiian islands, the harms posed by invasive species, and the definitions and scope of the terms native, endangered, introduced, and invasive species. With additional time, we can include information on a specific species, and/or the work that BIISC does to respond to invasive species on the Big Island. Additional information about evolution using Hawaiian species examples can also be integrated for older students. This presentation can be anywhere from 30-65 minutes, depending on your needs.
Little Fire Ant: targeted to grades 4-9. This presentation focuses on a single invasive species, the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata). The presentation can be used to introduce the Citizen Science LFA mapping project, as background for the Crazy Ants scientific collection activity, or as a stand-alone. Appx. 30 minutes. The slides for this presentation are also available to teachers via Google Drive (email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link).
Rat Lungworm: can be scaffolded from K to 12. Presentation on the rat lungworm parasite, lifecycle in rats and snails/slugs, disease prevention and protective measures (deoending on grade level.) Potential for hands-on clay modeling activity if enough time.
Hawaii & the World: A History of Invasive Introductions: targeted to high school student or advanced middle school. This presentation covers several high profile invasive species over the history of Hawaii, the global and local economic and societal drivers that led to to the fateful introductions, and the short- and long-term impacts of those introductions. 35-45 minutes.
Climate Change and Invasive Species: targeted to high school student or advanced middle school. Presentation covers the concept of climate change, some of its impacts on Hawaii, and the relationship between invasive species and climate change globally and locally. 35-45 minutes.
We work with a diverse array of partners on issues such as Rapid Ohi’a Death (ROD), rat lungworm, watershed protection, marine resources and more. If you are looking for a speaker on a specific topic, contact us and we will work to find you the right contact for your group or class.