Name that bug contest

One fun idea to get the students more involved in the production of the book was to have them name the characters in the story. So I, along with my self-appointed fan club, made this ballot box.

STEM Academy students voting for their favorite bug

Above is polite group of girls naming their favorite bugs. Before them, the table was mobbed with students resulting in a mess of blurry pictures.

Bug ballot box

The can was half full within 1.5 hours and by the end of the week, we had hundreds of votes. I think my personal favorite is Honeynester the Bee. We also had dozens of names, such as Worm the Fly and Snail the Butterfly. It’s interesting how the students seem to collectively decide to do such things without any leader.

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