I’ve just returned home from reading with a group of 9 and 10-year olds in my son’s class.
The passage bestowed upon us was entitled Rainforest. It contained facts about the canopy, the undergrowth, the high humidity and that creatures like frogs live there. Accurate but not mind-blowing.
My son started to jiggle. He was gonna burst. As we broke into discussion, the kid exploded with the following:
“Also, capybaras live there, and tapirs! We saw the back of this tapir on my Mum’s computer, and we had to guess what it was, and I got it right. And these butterflies, they drink water and then pee on the rocks. And this guy is there and taking photos and you can see them!”
I smiled, the other kids appeared stunned.
He was of course talking about this week’s RealScientist, Phil Torres. Phil is tweeting under the @realscientists banner, sharing his realtime discoveries from the jungles of Peru. As well as commentary on the state of the jungle and the insect life living there, Phil is posting magnificent photos of butterflies, sleeping bees, lounging jaguars, ant transit tunnels, macaws, tarantulas and much, much more.
You must look! I absolutely insist. If you’re not on twitter, just go to google and type ‘realscientists on twitter’. Please. Do it now.