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Scientists in Action: Eight-Legged Superheroes

Program Description

Spider-esque superheroes might cover the pages of comic books and star on the silver screen, but these Hollywood heroes can’t measure up to true spiders and their arachnid cousins. Eight-legged wonders—such as camel spiders, scorpions, tarantulas, and more—keep humans from being over-run by insects, provide important food for other animals, and boast superpowers of their very own. Dr. Paula Cushing, curator of invertebrate zoology, will spin a web of wonder as she takes you on a virtual trip behind the scenes of the Museum for an in-depth look at our arachnid allies. No cape required as we explore how scientists study these real-life heroes!


Recommended for grades 4 – 12, but all are welcome.

Date and Times

Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.


Program Length

45 minutes


Participating in this electronic field trip is FREE at this time. 

Equipment requirements

  • Computer connected to the internet with a webcam, external microphone, and external speakers.
  • Scientists in Action productions use Zoom videoconferencing software, downloadable at
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