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STEAM Saturday: Ant Experiments

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red ants on bark

Try looking for an ant colony on your driveway or sidewalk and setting up an ant experiment. Find different types of food such as crackers, sugar, or fruit. Break the food into small pieces and place it in different places near the ant colony. You can even make a hypothesis about what will happen and even which kind of food will be the ants’ favorite.   
As they find the food, ants will let scent trails, called pheromones, down on the ground to guide other ants in the colony to where they can fine food. Once they’ve found the food, try placing an obstacle in their way and see how the ants react. 

For more information about ants, look at this article from Encyclopedia Britannica’s website.

Or check out one of these books!

Ants book cover
Fascinating Insects: Ants book cover
Nature's Superheroes: Super Ants book cover
Two Bad Ants book cover

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