2017 Teacher Workshop

The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) meets annually throughout North America. Bat biologists attend the NASBR meeting to share their research data and information with colleagues throughout North America and beyond. NASBR taps into this body of expertise as well as local bat conservation professionals to organize an annual teachers’ workshop on Saturday, the last day of the meeting.

The teacher workshop is an event created in 1995 to provide educators in the city where the Society meets with information and activities about bats that can be shared with students of all ages. Local teachers are invited to attend this unique opportunity to learn about local bats and how to integrate topics on bat biology, ecology, conservation and public health into the classroom curriculum. The teachers' workshop will be limited to the first 50 teachers who sign up. The $25 registration fee must be paid at the time of registration. The fee covers refreshments and a packet of classroom materials about bats.

 When: Saturday, October 21st from 7:45 am to 1:30 pm
 Where: Holiday Inn, Downtown Knoxville
 Cost: $25, includes breakfast and mid-morning snacks


SpeakersAmanda Bevan
Education Specialist & Urban Bat Project Leader, Organization for Bat Conservation

The Organization for Bat Conservation and partner organizations launched the Urban Bat Project in ten cities throughout the United States in 2017. The goal of this project is to support bats in urban areas by not only improving bat habitat, but by also involving these communities in bat conservation. The project is composed of three major parts: urban bat-friendly gardening, bat house building and installation, and three acoustic monitoring nights that would be conducted by citizen scientists during a bat walk. All of the project components involve grassroots activation by local organizations, businesses, and citizens.

Ben Hale
Research Biologist, WEST Inc.

Learn how to create a Wing Suit Station where kids can dress up like bats for photo shoots, while learning about similarities between bats and humans. Find out how you can create an Inflatable Cave that can hold about 30 kids. It is a great way to demonstrate echolocation with flashing lights. Experience a Mist-net Station and throw rubber Halloween bats into the net and practice removing them. Makes for a great experience, photos and videos

Aja Marcato
Conservation Programming Director, Organization for Bat Conservation

Inquiry-based learning is a great way to teach science and the scientific method! By taking an active role in collecting data students stay engaged in their lessons. The purpose of this activity is to utilize the Inquiry method by observing animal behavior, specifically bats, to draw conclusions based on their observations. Building hypotheses is an important part of the Scientific method. Students watch and record behaviors from a video demonstrating bat food preference. The first time with their teacher, again on their own, and a third time with an OBC educator when they bring live bats to the classroom. This video is used to help the students practice inquiry-based science investigation, build science literacy, and begin to discover what a scientist does when conducting their investigations.

Rob Mies
Executive Director, Organization for Bat Conservation

Learn about the benefits of bats and other wildlife, the need for conservation, and the methods we can use to protect biodiversity. Animals are presented in a way that will entertain, educate, and engage. Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Encounter a Big Brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector;” meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia; and come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world, a Malayan Flying Fox! This beautiful bat has a 6-foot wingspan!

Veronica Brown
Division of Biology, The University of Tennessee

What do you do if a bat gets in your school? Turn it into a learning experience for your students! Learn about resources available to local teachers, including bat-themed outreach boxes developed by the Tennessee Bat Working Group, and Biology in a Box, a program at the University of Tennessee designed to provide STEM teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based approaches to teach the wonders of the living world.

Abigail Curtis
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Santana Lab, University of Washington; The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Learn about “Pocket Bats,” a project from the Santana Lab at UW that allows you to bring interactive 3D augmented reality models of bat skulls based on real museum specimens into your classroom. In the Santana Lab, we are collecting high-resolution CT scans of skulls and jaw muscles from bats to study feeding adaptations. We use CT scans to make digital 3D models of bat skulls to answer our research questions, but they are also powerful tools for teaching ecology, adaptation, comparative anatomy, and beyond. Learn how to use Augment, a free augmented reality app that works on most smart devices, to make a diverse array of bats literally appear in the palm of your hand!

Riley F. Bernard
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, The Pennsylvania State University, United States Geological Survey, Patuxent Research Center

Sixteen species of bats can be found in Tennessee. Some of these are endangered and all are insectivorous, which makes them an important part of our nocturnal ecosystem. Learn about these bats and the impact of White Nose Syndrome in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This fungal disease has killed millions of bats in the northeastern United States, but its impact in the southeast is different. Learn why caves are closed during winter in the national park and why this matters to everyone who loves the Smokies.

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