By John Glidden
The chorus of “ewww” was drowned out by one brave Vallejo school district student who exclaimed “Awesome!,” as a group of 20 students were told Friday afternoon at Solano Middle School that they would be able to see taxidermy bugs up close.
The bugs, contained in protective cases, were part of a learning lab, “Talk About Trees,” sponsored by the Vallejo City Unified School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program.
The sixth-grade students took part in the hour-long lab, exploring and learning about various aspects of trees and forests, even learning about the bugs which can damage trees.
Jeanne Tomascheski, a registered professional forester with The Forest Foundation, a group which teaches students about forests areas, conducted the lab.