Help with including ants in a senior project?

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Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 12720Post Shadow
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:36 pm

Hello AntsCanada forums, I became a highschool senior this year and I have to do a senior project. I really had no idea what to do, so I searched around the internet for things that interested me. I came across AntsCanada's youtube channel, and I found that I really enjoyed watching the ants he had and him talking about them. After researching a bit more on the topic and watching lots of his videos and tutorials, I thought something fun I could do would be to start my own ant colony. I was hoping I could incorporate it into my senior project, but here's the problem; I have to in some way relate this to the humanities. The only idea I have for selling it under the humanities is as it being a dip into sociology, because I'm interested in Psych for college. This on its own seems like it may be a bit weak, so here I am asking ant experts for help, if ants can anywhere be included into the humanities.

On a side note, my school is allowing someone to keep bees because the difference is that bees are endangered and we need more people to help them. While I don't disagree with that, I'm mad because both of these topics are pretty similar and although my teacher hasn't given me a flat no yet, he said probably not.

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Re: Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 12722Post AceCadet
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:41 pm

Ants are a perfect society. Everyone has equal say. No child ever goes hunger. And overall the focus is on the betterment of the colony as a hole. You could base it on showing that while the societal structure ants seems simple to the naked eye we can learn a lot from them. Such as not focusing so much on ourselves and focusing more on how we can better society as a whole. How we can strive to be like the ants. Where everyone is equal, everyone is fed, warm, and cared for. And no one goes without the basic necessities of life. Just an idea.
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Re: Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 12724Post Batspiderfish
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:44 pm

This whole documentary is great, but I like the part about Temnothorax:
https://youtu.be/8n0SkIGARuo?t=3708
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Re: Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 12727Post Martialis
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:48 pm

Depending on your location, you could try to convince your teacher about the effects of a certain species on the environment, and show how they drive native species out. As for the other aspect of your question, I agree with AceCadet.
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Re: Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 12801Post AntLove5Ever
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:27 pm

AceCadet wrote:Ants are a perfect society. Everyone has equal say. No child ever goes hunger. And overall the focus is on the betterment of the colony as a hole. You could base it on showing that while the societal structure ants seems simple to the naked eye we can learn a lot from them. Such as not focusing so much on ourselves and focusing more on how we can better society as a whole. How we can strive to be like the ants. Where everyone is equal, everyone is fed, warm, and cared for. And no one goes without the basic necessities of life. Just an idea.

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Re: Help with including ants in a senior project?

Post: # 13524Post Canadiananter
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:30 pm

Social parasitism?

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