8th Grade Challenge Students at Lakeside Lab

posted May 9, 2016, 8:24 AM by Adam Gress
8th grade Challenge students spent a wonderful day at Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  The day provided a wealth of information among various topics.  The 8th graders learned about Mosquitoes: The Good, The Bad, and the Zika Virus from Emily Dr. Fontenot, an Entomologist.  Kay Neumann, from Avian Resources, brought a Barred Owl and our American Bald Eagle.  She spoke on the topic of Eco-Toxicology: Rehabbing Raptors.  Students investigated the stomachs of fish and learned about the fish food chains through instruction by Emily Ball, Ph. D Candidate from Iowa State University.   Keris Pingle spoke about understanding fossils and the geology of paleontology.  Students acted as paleontologists and brought home a fossil.  The students talked about Iowa's wildlife history from 10,000 years ago to present day with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. They identified skins of different animals and discussed the differences among the habitats.  Finally, the 8th graders heard from Megan Stroh, an Archaeologist, about what stories from stone can tell us. They discussed how prehistoric people made tools without plastic or steel. The students practiced the survival technique of 'flint knapping' and 'pressure flaking' to create a tool.