Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:30

State capitol crawling with insects for "Bug Maine-ia" Featured

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AUGUSTA - How many times have you held a cockroach and enjoyed it? Probably not too often.

Most of the time bugs creep us out but once a year, the capitol becomes a place where kids can learn about insects the fun way.

"See it? That thing crawling!" said one student.

This is "Bug Maine-ia", a celebration of crawling critters at the Maine State Museum.

"It feels kinda soft and squishy," said one girl holding a cockroach.

Anything you want to know about insects, you can learn here.

Bees, scorpions, and millipedes...oh my.

"It's hard like a stick," said one boy as a stick bug crawled up his arm.

These bugs you can look at, hold, even eat.

"I like how you get to hold a spider, and a thing I don't know what it's called but it had a million legs," said another girl on a class field trip.

The chances of finding a tarantula here in Maine are pretty slim, but being able to see and hold these creatures helps teach kids an important lesson.

"Once they realize that insects are not so scary, even the big ones, they can learn to live with them, and not be so afraid and recognize their value," said one educator at the event.

"I think the stick bug wants to be friends with me," one boy said as he held a stick bug.

"A lot of them are already fascinated by bugs, and this is a way to say science is a really great thing, it's not as dry as you think it is," said Joanna Torow, Chief Educator at the Maine State Museum.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!