First, the students are assembled in a group on the floor for a discussion of taxonomy. Vertebrate and invertebrate classification are touched on and lead to a detailed comparison of the different classes of Arthropods. The students are asked leading questions to engage them in participation. After this the students are invited to view the collection of preserved specimens which are displayed on four, six foot tables. They are free to wander among the display and encouraged to ask questions. With about 20 minutes left, the students are seated in a circle on the floor and the living specimens are brought around the circle so that each student can view the bug up close.
Finally, information about each specimen, such as the country of origin and diet is given and the students continue to ask questions. The living specimens include various stick insects, giant cockroaches, millipede and scorpions. Other species are displayed as they become available seasonally.