Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History opened the SITES exhibition Farmers, Builders, Warriors: The Hidden Life of Ants with gusto and creativity this fall. A family festival featured scavenger hunts, puppet shows, hat-making, ant-featured games, and snacks of ants and crickets, both raw and chocolate-coated.
Visitors also played with a robotic ant that Yale engineering undergraduates created to help children learn how ants use chemical communication — and not eyesight — to navigate their environments. The museum has developed an hour-long program for local students to teach basic topics in evolutionary biology, such as adaptations and social behavior of ants.
The exhibit also marks the second time that the Peabody has used a 3-D printer to recreate an object for an exhibit. With the help of a systems administrator at the Yale School of Architecture, the curators created ant models scaled to 100 times their natural size.