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The Bug Blitz is the idea of renowned naturalist and scholar Professor Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University. Students and teachers combine to focus on the issues that surround biodiversity. No prior experience is necessary for this activity. The only requirements are curiosity and collaboration-- and, of course, the XO. Students will work with each other to collect, describe, record, and compare the living and non-living things in their particular "hot spot." They will identify issues, create new ways to present their information, and deliver messages about knowledge gained. In addition, they will develop a whole new appreciation and respect for bugs. Combining the arts and science in this way will allow students to develop an understanding of biodiversity as well as help their region have a sustainable future.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K
  • Other


olpc xo bug blitz



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-12-13.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

While participating in Bug Blitz, elementary students collect, describe, record, and compare the living and non-living things in their particular "hot spot." The instructions are specific for use with the XO laptop, although the activity could be adapted for use with other existing technologies. Students record their findings in a multimedia presentation that can be shared with the class or submitted to E.O. Wilson Foundation website or the OLPC wiki. Educators new to the XO laptop should note that the “activities” refer to applications specific to the OLPC software.
Christine Mytko
I was not familiar with the "Activities" of the XO laptop, and found this information a helpful introduction: http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_cmytko/IntroductiontoXOLaptopterminologyOLPC

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