West Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) - About 700 fifth-graders from around Tippecanoe County 'bugged out' of school today to attend the 15th annual Insectaganza at Purdue. The university's entomology program presented dissecting classes, forensic entomology, insect bingo, and a theater program.
Fifth-grader Kloe Timmons said she learned a lot about one of her favorite insects, the grasshopper.
"I've always wanted to know what the the spikes on the back of them are for. And I learned that they're to help protect them from predators." says Timmons.
A large group of Purdue students gave up part of their October break to entertain and teach the fifth-grade classes. The event was conceived out of requests from science programs from area schools.
As Purdue classes end for the semester, campus bar representatives and local law enforcement met to discuss what they noticed during the semester.
More than 45 kids got a special Christmas gift from the mayor of Lafayette.
Authorities make two arrests Monday night in connection with a counterfeiting case.