San Francisco row of houses

Choose to have your students interact On Camera (space is limited) in conversation with an Academy Scientists or choose to have your students interact via the teacher using a Chat Box to share questions and comments from the students. This program repeats at 9:30 am and 11:00 am PST on February 9, 2017 and is free to all.

On February 9, 2017, Academy Scientists Michelle Trautwein will give us the scoop on who is creeping in our closets.

What to expect for February 9, 2017
Michelle Trautwein

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. She has revealed some fascinating truths about our homes and is ready to share her findings with you.

In this 1-hour live discussion ,we will discover what it is like to study arthropods living in homes around the world. During the program, your 4th–12th grade students will learn how Michelle fell in love with these tiny creatures and decided to study them. We will discuss her process for collecting arthropods and make predictions of what we might find in our own homes. At the end of the program, students will learn what surprised Michelle here in the US and in her travels to explore all 7 continents.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature! Students will have 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.

Chat Box Option

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window. To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook).
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.
On-Camera Option (space is limited)

Students get to be on camera and talk directly with the expert to ask questions and share their ideas. To be an interactive on-camera participant you must:

  • Schedule a free technical check-in to make sure your connection is smooth on the day of the program.
  • Get signed media releases from each student who might be on camera.
  • Have at least 8 students in your group.

Additionally, you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook)
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • Webcam and microphone to use during the program.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

First timer?
This free program is an excellent way to learn all about our Special Live Events, including programs that connect directly to our scientists!

Grades: 4th Grade - 12th Grade
Program Duration: 60 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:30 am, 11:00 am