Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The ant colony exhibit at the Discovery Science Center demonstrated how simple roles build a complex organization able to complete tasks with synchronicity based on a combined effort rather than an individual accomplishment. What a perfect example of teamwork to illustrate for my students! A colony thrives when each member does its part to contribute to daily functions. The ant colony can also be compared to the human body and brain function. Although each individual brain cell can operate without central control; as part of a larger organization, the brain operates all body functions. Students will understand that within a class, they have individual responsibilities that makes them successful; however, they also participate in class as a member of a team, where they can negatively or positively influence the success of the entire class.