AUGUSTA- Hundreds of kids had an unforgettable experience at the Maine State Museum early Tuesday.
It’s not an ordinary day at the state museum as Bug Maine-ia transforms it into a world filled with creepy crawlies.
Over a thousand people spent the day surrounded by insects and arachnids, interacting with the little critters that we all share the world with.
“There is a good way to learn about bugs that are really helpful for human existence and our crops. And it’s really fun, it’s a good way to learn about science and see how people work outside the classroom,” Maine State Museum Chief Education Joanna Torow said.
And the lessons reach far past anything you could do in a classroom.
Kids ate some edible insects — that officials say are very nutritious — and got up close and personal with bees, giant walking sticks, and even tarantulas.
The Bug Maine–ia experience is something that could potentially pay off for the students long term.
“It’s also important for kids to talk to working scientists and see what their career paths could be and see how science is actually being applied to our everyday life, so I think its really inspiring for them to come and see this even though its also kind of exciting and fun too,” Joanna Torow said.