A collection of photos and videos ofinsects, spiders, millipedes, snails taken by children in theirschool yards: “exchanging cards” on the Internet throughout theworld!
Latest Activity: Jul 19, 2012
The children go out in their school yards and discover “Unexpected Fellow Citizens”. Through the grass, the stones, the plants, the ground many small animals appear . . . Video and photo cameras (with a “super macro” lens) help to watch them magnified at once.
Though we are not very skill, we have now many still and moving pictures of insects, spiders, centipedes, woodlice, snails and slugs. Many of those pictures are bad, but some are probably stunning (with digital machines, it's not so difficult to learn how to do!). Photographs show incredible details, and videos catch the movement and the voices of children while discovering, with all the emotion. To listen is surprising, much interesting then the perfect voice of a BBC speaker!
Pictures are to be selected and videos to be cut. It's no use to keep bad and boring things, to please of all we got, despite of quality. This way work professionals, scientists and researchers. Children collect their own good documents, or those useful anyhow to understand and recognize little creatures. Other children in other places are doing the same...
Now we can study and work! All those legs and antennas, watched so close, show us similarities and differences. For example it's not so difficult to distinguish real wasps and bees from similar “disguised” flies! According to the age of children, to their interest, we can deal with science, stories, drawings, or even songs and theatre!
Few pictures and video clips for every group of children, mean just a lot of documents if a similar project is performed in many different places. We can exchange discovering each other and, using the web, even throughout all the world!
Now, in order to set up the Virtual Museum we must know something more. We ask to some expert adults to help us to draw a more accurate classification, so that we can easily put every little animal in its right place. During this long and exciting way, we'll need to tune more and more precisely the gear as far as we go on exploring, shooting, studying. Only children can tell what's right and what's wrong.
Every kid from any country of the world can contact the Museum, send pictures and other documents, use it as a working and imagining tool and suggest how to make it every day better!
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