His name is Alex, and Monday, Feb. 10, Loveland Middle School (LMS) eighth grade science students couldn’t get enough of him.
“Oh, he was a huge hit with the students,” said Katie Linz, LMS science teacher. “They would not put him down.”
Alex is a cockroach, by the way.
In Linz’s class he was also one of the teachers who traveled from Miami University to offer a lesson in genetics with an emphasis on the study of insects. Alex was joined by three doctoral students who guided the young LMS scientists in all three stages of metamorphosis: larvae, pupae, and adult.
“We are so appreciative of the doctoral students taking the time to assist us in this lesson,” said Linz. “My students worked with high-power microscopes, looked at insect collections, and – yes – played with Alex. The entire project got them excited about science, and that was thrilling for me!”
Photo caption: LMS Student Zach Garner poses for a shot while Alex crawls on his hand.