The School of Ants experiment is very cool - we put out three different types of food (Frankfurt sausages, scotch finger biscuits and cotton balls dipped in sugar solution) and waited to see what ants would be attracted to the food. After an hour, we counted the ants on each bit of food and then collected the ants to send to the School of Ants headquarters.
We found that the ants seemed to equally like sugared cotton balls and sausage, but there were always less ants on the biscuits. You can try the experiment at home and find out what food the ants in your backyard like the best!
We finished off the workshop by looking at some preserved and pinned insects with magnifying glasses - it was great to be out of the office and helping students learn about insects!
So now we're all ready to start doing some lab work!