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Program Flyer: Moose Mystery: Minnesota's Vanishing Icon

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Content Provider   Minnesota Zoo  2011-12 Honorable Mention, 2012-13, 2013-14
Contact Information   Galen Sjostrom
13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
United States
Phone: (952) 431-9522
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating      based on 6 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Grade(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants   60, but for optimal interactivity we recommend no more than 30.
Minimum Number of Participants   No Minimum
Primary Disciplines   Sciences, Technology/Information Science
Secondary Disciplines   Problem Solving
Program Description   The moose has long been a symbol of Minnesota’s wild northern territories and beyond. However, in recent years the moose’s presence in Minnesota seems to be dwindling. This program focuses on both the characteristics of the moose and its place in the ecosystem as well as the work being done by researchers attempting to confirm and explain the moose’s gradual disappearance from Minnesota. After examining the evidence and the methods used to collect it, students will deliberate on their own theories of why the moose is vanishing.
Program Format   •This program begins with a basic introduction to the Minnesota Zoo and its exhibits. The audience is also introduced to one of the Zoo's live program animals (depending on availability).
•A behind-the-scenes video of moose care at the Minnesota Zoo is shown
•The audience explores the attributes of wild moose and their habitat.
•Audience volunteers portray moose in an "Act Like You're Antlered" activity [when age appropriate].
•The audience is introduced to the basic methods used in modern moose research, the areas in Minnesota where it is conducted, and the hypotheses put forth by researchers for the moose's gradual disappearance.
•Using moose tracking data obtained by GPS collars, the audience plots the movement of actual northern Minnesota moose and debate what conclusions can be drawn from the information [when age appropriate].
•Time is allowed for questions and answers
Objectives   •Students will be familiarized with the basic facts of the North American Moose, including its diet, life cycle, physical adaptations, as well as the common threats to their survival.

•Students will be introduced to current methods of tracking wild animals for research, and the population data of moose that these methods have provided in Minnesota.

•Students will gain first-hand knowledge of Minnesota moose habits by combining GPS (tracking) data with Northern Minnesota area maps to follow the movement of locally-tracked moose.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   NT.2-12.4 – Technology communication tools
NT.2-12.6 – Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
NS.2-12.1 – Science as inquiry
NS.2-8.3 – Life science
NS.9-12.3 – Life science: ‘Interdependence’ of organisms and ‘behavior of organisms’
NS.2-8.5– Science and technology
NS.9-12.6 – Personal and Social Perspectives: ‘Natural resources’ and ‘environmental quality’
NS.2-8.7 – Science as a human endeavor
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   This program meets the following Minnesota Science Standards: – Q&A about the natural world, seek answers through observation & shared results. – Describe and sort plants into groups in many ways according to their physical characteristics and behavior (pertains to section on plants used for food by moose) – Science as an individual and group effort: provide evidence to support claims and observations. – Construct reasonable explanations based on evidence collected from observations or experiments (either the students’ or someone else’s). – Understand that everybody can use evidence to learn about the natural world, identify patterns in nature, and develop tools. – Compare how the different structures of plants and animals serve various functions of growth, survival, and reproduction. – Differences among individuals can sometimes impart an advantage in survival. – Microorganisms can get inside one’s body and they may keep it from working properly. – Describe how plant and animal structures and their functions provide an advantage for survival in a given natural system. – Explain what would happen to a system if one of its parts were changed. – Give examples of beneficial and harmful human interaction with natural systems.
7- – Use maps, satellite images, and other data sets to describe patterns and make predictions about natural systems in a life science context. – Identify a variety of populations and communities in an ecosystem and describe the relationships among the populations and communities in stable ecosystem. – Compare and contrast the roles of organisms with the following relationships: predator/prey, parasite/host, and producer/consumer/decomposer. – Describe the way that human activities can change the populations and communities in an ecosystem. – Understand that scientific knowledge is always changing as new technologies and information enhance observations and analysis of data.
9- – Understand that scientists conduct investigations for a variety of reasons
9- – Ecosystem carrying capacity and how population growth affects it
9- – Explain how ecosystems can change as a result of the introduction of new species
9- – Describe the risks and benefits (social, economic, etc.) of changing a natural ecosystem as a result of human activity
Program Length   45 Minutes for 2nd & 3rd grade audiences, 1 hour for 4th+ grades.
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Date/Time Notes   This and other Minnesota Zoo Programs can generally be booked by request between 8:30am and 4:00pm (CMT) Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact our program coordinator directly by phone or email to inquire after specific dates and times.
Program Cost   By Request Cost: $125.00
Program Fee Notes   Thanks to funding by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, schools and other audiences within Minnesota can order programs at a discounted price of $85.

Additionally, any audience that books two programs at the same time can book a third for free (buy two get one free).
Cancellation Policy   Audiences that cancel a program with less than 24 hours notice may still be charged full price for the program.

If a program is canceled or interrupted due to unanticipated technical difficulties on either side of the connection, an effort will be made to reschedule at no additional charge.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   To participate in our programs audience groups will need either an H.323 video system (Tandberg, Polycom, LifeSize, etc.) OR a compatible web video service (Vidyo, Cisco Jabber, etc.) and a way to bridge that service to connect over IP.

* NEW* If you do not have an H.323 system OR a subscription to a web-based video conferencing service but you have a high definition webcam and standard high-speed internet service, we can provide you with a one-time Cisco Jabber login and password free of charge.
Please note: We do NOT offer programs via Skype at present, but if you are already using Skype for video calls your computer likely already has everything it needs to work with Cisco Jabber too.

Test connections are required no less than four days prior to a scheduled program, and we ask that audiences plan to dial into our IP address.

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