So get this: researchers marked ants so that they could follow them and see how they decide. Ants sometimes go by themselves to make a choice and sometimes seem to gather as a group and then decide as a group. They wanted to learn if they make better choices by themselves or as a group.
The researchers watched and figured out that the ants chose new places to make a nest both alone and together. They could even tell that the ants were deciding between good nesting sites or bad ones.
The STEM Challenge question was: Do you think ants make better choices by themselves or as a group? Or do you think the choices were all the same?
Your answers went pretty much like this:
“ I think the ants work better together because that involves more team work”
“ The choices are probably all the same.”
“ I think they make better decisions by themselves, because people can always convince you to do the wrong thing and I bet ants are no different.”
As it turns out, ants make better decisions as a group. Alone, ants get the best site about half the time. SO all of you who said that ants are better as a group are correct!
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Special thanks to ScienceNews, News in Brief, for this great story!