Connecting students to their world through natural history science

TEAM 1

Team 1: Hoa and An

1. How did you choose your topic?

We have chosen to examine the increase in insects in Ba Vi National Park where our school frequently organizes extra-curricular activities and field trips. Through recent field trips, we found that the quantity of insects in this park have increased uncommonly in recent years. This phenomenon has resulted in a negative impact on plants, crops and the health and lives of human beings. We find this change surprising because it is common to think that only the threatening extinction of a species is worrisome. We believe that this fact should be examined and communicated to more people. For this reason, we have chosen to examine the causes for the unusual increase in the quantity of insects in Ba Vi National Park, which is our main research question. We hope to inform and provide an opportunity for more people to understand the consequences of the unusual increase of insects on the natural ecosystem as well as human being’s lives.

2. How did you conduct your research?

We conducted our research through observation in the field and interviewing households, forest rangers and other staff of Ba Vi National Park and staff of the Vietnam National Museum to find the causes of the unusual increase in quantity of insects in Ba Vi National Park. We will also explore the source of consumption of specialties made from predatory insects, such as dried minced toad sellers, frog hot pot restaurants, fried chew rolls and snake restaurants. These kinds of restaurants are quite popular in Hanoi capital (which is about 50km away from Ba Vi National Park) and the surrounding area. In addition, we also search for information from secondary sources such as reports, research papers, and articles of experts or of visitors of Ba Vi National Park who have witnessed the unusual increase in quantity of insects in the Park as well as its consequences. With guidance from our coach, we will analyze collected information and data in order for us to reach our conclusions on the causes for the increase in insects as well as come up with findings on how humans can help prevent a further increase in insects in Ba Vi National Park.

3. How did you select your entry category and create your project?

In our opinion, an exhibit will be a more effective way to present our project and informing people of our findings because our research will entail a lot of information. For this reason, we have chosen to present our project as an exhibit. With this method, information will be clearer, easier to understand and will reach the audience more effectively. We will display our research products and samples while the synthesis of information collected as well as the findings and conclusions will be displayed in a lively way. We will present our project to the judges and the audience. Nevertheless, we will also think of a way to integrate a small role play during our presentation which would be interesting.

4. How does your project relate to GNHD annual theme?

The annual theme of GNHD 2016 is Relationships in Nature. Our group believes that our project closely relates to this theme because it explores two natural relations: the relation between smaller insects and predatory insects as well as the relation between insects and human beings. One of the causes for the unusual increase of insects in Ba Vi National Park is the unusual reduction and gradual disappearance of enemies of insects as a result of the over-consumption of these animals by human beings. This is a serious issue because it negatively influences a link in the food chain, leading to imbalances in the ecosystem. When people kill a high amount of animals that eat insects, insects thrive unusually. This is for example when beetles and grasshoppers destroyed trees and crops while mosquitoes spread many human diseases, including dangerous killing epidemics and pandemics. Therefore, we think our topic relates to the overall theme of relationships in nature and that is very relevant to examine the causes for the increase in insects and what we can do about it, due to its negative impact.

SEE MORE: