March Mammal Madness is an annual scientific outreach tournament consisting of simulated combat competition among animals, informed by scientific literature and communicated through creative storytelling and art. This collection consists of related publications, presentation, and educational materials. Accompanying data is available in the March Mammal Madness Data Collection, and official tournament information at the March Mammal Madness Library Guide.
Image attribution: (A) cheetah by Charon Henning; (B) Tag Team Mutualists warthog and mongoose by Mary Casillas; (C) Thylacine by Olivia Pellicer; (D) red squirrel by Charon Henning; (E) honey badger by Charon Henning; (F) moose by Valeria Pellicer; (G) spotted hyena by Charon Henning; (H) coyote by Mary Cassilas; (I) Andrewsarchus mongoliensis by Charon Henning.
Public engagement is increasingly viewed as an important pillar of scientific scholarship. For early career and established scholars, however, navigating the mosaic landscape of public education and science communication, noted for rapid “ecological” succession, can be daunting. Moreover, academics are characterized by diverse skills, motivations, values, positionalities, and temperaments that may differentially incline individuals to particular public translation activities.
This item includes:
1) The official bracket files for the 2022 MMM tournament
2) A screen-reader enabled bracket file
3) 2022 March Mammal Madness Educational Materials Packet – in English
4) 2022 March Mammal Madness Educational Materials Packet – in Spanish
5) March Mammal Madness, Middle School Lesson Plan : Ecosystems & National Parks
6) March Mammal Madness, High School Lesson Plan : Ecosystems & National Parks
This packet includes:
Pro-Tips for Educators
MMM Intro to the Tournament Slide Deck
The MMM Team Booklet (2013-2022)
Life Sciences Research the Contenders Lesson Plan
Life Sciences Tournament Events Lesson Plan
Life Sciences Tournament Worksheets
Visual Arts Tumbling Blocks Lesson
Language Arts HAIKU Lesson
Science Writing – Should Have Been the Champion Lesson Plan
4th Grade Science and Writing Lesson Plan
MMM Guide for the Younger Crowd (K-5)
10th Annual MMM Festival Flyer
Since 2018, MMM team members have written sport-style summaries following the live "play-by-play" narration of simulated combatant encounters on social media. These summaries, highlighting key adaptations, human impacts, and other scholarly information, have been provided to educators to describe tournament outcomes to their learners who do not follow the battle narrations "live" on social media.
Compendium of the 10th annual March Mammal Madness tournament 2022: Proceedings of the Noble Zoological Society Series C Performance Sciences
‘Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figure, their several Names, Conditions, Kinds, Virtues (both Natural and Fanciful), Countries of their Species, their Love and Hatred to Humankind, and the wonderful work of Natural Selection in their Evolution, Preservation, and Destruction.
Interwoven with curious variety of Creative Narrations out of Academic Literatures, Scholars, Artists, Scientists, and Poets. Illustrated with diverse Graphics and Emblems both pleasant and profitable for Students of all Faculties and Professions.’
Narration of the Urban Jungle Sweet Sixteen encounter between #1 Harar Hyena and #7 Coyote, by Katie Hinde, Tara Chestnut, and Anne W. Hilborn
Narration of the Jump Around Round 1 encounter between #8 Springhare and #9 Jackrabbit by Jessica Light.