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The 2016 Iowa State University Insect Zoo Bug Olympics are coming!

In celebration of the 2016 Olympics, the Insect Zoo is showcasing bugs in their very own 2016 Bug Olympics.

The events for the Bug Olympics include Roach Races, Cockroach Pulls and the Cricket Jump. After the Olympic Events, participants will get up close and personal with other awesome multi-legged creatures during the Bug Olympics Display.

The Bug Olympics is a 90-minute program and limited to 40 participants. Events will be held in two groups and then rotated. It is ideal to have the events located in two rooms, but not required. The small display will occur at the end of the Olympic Events and can be set up anywhere that is convenient.

The cost of the Bug Olympics is $150 plus mileage.

For more information, please fill out a request form below and select option A. In the 'Comments or specific interests' section, please include that you would like to host the 2016 Bug Olympics.

This event is perfect for the library summer reading programs, day camps, and end of the year classroom programs.

Please note: The 2016 Iowa State University Bug Olympics is only available from May 9th ­ Aug 19th 2016.

Flyers will be available to those who register to host the Bug Olympics.

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Program Details
Choose this only if you have chosen the Display option. Otherwise, leave this as N/A.
We can accommodate up to 30 participants for a hands-on presentation. There is no limit for Display and Large Group programs. There is a limit of 15 for the Story Time with Bugs program.
Required for those programs not held on the ISU Campus, otherwise please state N/A.
Have your students/participants been studying insects? Please explain. If you have insects/animals in your classroom already, please list them here.
Driving directions and any special parking or loading instructions.
Contact/Billing
e.g. school, nature center, etc.
If we are unable to reach you at the Contact's Phone above, what number should we call?
ENSURING QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING:
The ISU Insect Zoo is a hands-on experience brought to your classroom or venue with the intent of providing core educational programming regardless of age level of participants. To ensure an optimum learning environment, please read and follow ALL guidelines regarding grouping, supervision, and space requirements.

ADULT HELPERS / SUPERVISION
Please have willing and able adult helpers available for each class, especially for younger ages.

Traditional Classroom Settings (sit-down, hands-on programming):
1-2 classroom settings should achieve a ratio of 1 adult per 5 students
3rd grade and older classrooms should have 2 willing adult supervisors

Non-traditional classroom settings (sit-down, hands-on programming)
In addition to traditional classroom requirements:
A parent or adult should accompany children age 3 or 4 NO CHILD SHALL BE LEFT UNATTENDED for presenter to "watch"

GROUPING AND SPACE REQUIREMENTS
The chosen space should have enough tables and chairs to accommodate the participants being arranged in four groups (no more than 30 participants). It is preferred that groups work off of tables. Please have the groups and tables arranged ahead of time.

NAMETAGS
Nametags on each participant (written legibly) are helpful to the presenter. This allows each student to be actively engaged. Using simple labels or even tape will get the job done.

MULTIPLE PROGRAMS
If the Insect Zoo will be presenting multiple programs within one location, please arrange for all of the sessions to take place in a common space, which will allow for participants to travel rather than the Insect Zoo. This can be a library, common room, extra classroom, etc.

DISPLAY PROGRAMS
Please have 4 or 5 conference tables available. Tables should be set up win a fashion that allows a natural flow of patrons. Typically a "straight-line" configuration is best, but a "U" is also suitable. Either way, the display should not be accessible on all sides; at least one side should be against a wall, which will allow the presenters to work with the patrons unobstructed. Patron seating may be formal (chairs) or informal.

If an educational talk has been agreed upon (hybrid program), please have a portable microphone available if the number of patrons or space require such.

Please have table placement, room configuration, and patron seating arranged in advance.