WATCH Ep.3 Bats Need Friends

Bats Need Friends!

Bats across North America are under threat from a deadly fungal disease called White-nose Syndrome. Join the Bat Squad! as they teach us about this and other threats our bats are facing and what kids can do to help!

This episode will launch here on Thursday 27th October at 1pm. The batty fun continues after the 15 minute webcasts with our online Twitter Q&A and the classroom activities below!


Chat with the Bat Squad on Twitter

Our Bat Squad members will be ready to answer your questions on Twitter after the webcast! Join us on Twitter at 1.15pm EST to talk bats! You can join the conversation by using the hashtags #BatSquad and #BatWeek. The Bat Squad kids will be answering your questions from the @Bat_Week twitter account and other bat experts will be joining to conversation as well

Get Batty in the Classroom - There’s a Fungus Among Us – WNS transmission

This activity explores the question “What is White-Nose Syndrome, how is it spread, and why is it important?” Students will investigate how infectious diseases are spread, focusing on the disease White- Nose Syndrome, and the scientific methods used to investigate diseases.

Students will simulate the interactions of bats in a cave when bats are in close proximity and may spread WNS fungal spores. By coming into physical contact with other “bats,” students will have the chance to test to see if they have been infected with WNS and observe how quickly the disease can spread. Students will also interpret graphs to learn about doubling effects, exponential equations, and population growth curves.

There’s a Fungus Among Us Activity - Download

Help Us Create More Batty Resources – Evaluation Surveys for Teachers and Students

Are you an educator who loves bats or one who is interested in helping improve educational resources? We need your help! We believe that educational resources like the Bat Squad! webcasts are extremely important and that they can lead to positive changes in the attitudes of students. These changes can be measured, but we need the help of formal and non-formal educators like you.

We are looking for educators who would be willing to complete a short, pre- and post-survey along with their students. Each survey only takes about 10 minutes. To participate, you and your students would need to commit to watching one or more of our Bat Squad! webcasts and/or complete one of our classroom activities that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. We’ll provide the surveys and cover the cost of mailing.

Your feedback will help shape our future work and will help ensure that we are creating high-quality resources. You can download the surveys below to print yourself or contact Katie Jepson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your number of students and we will mail them to you free of charge. Included will be a prepaid envelope to mail the surveys back to us care of:

Dianne Odegard
Bat Conservation International
500 Cap. Of texas Hwy N, Building 1
Austin, TX
78746, US

Thank you for your help!

Instructions for teachers to read to students - Download

Teacher Bat Squad webinars PRE survey - Download

Student Bat Squad webinars PRE survey - Download

Teacher Bat Squad webinars POST survey - Download

Student Bat Squad webinars POST survey - Download