Second graders at the Bethpage Union Free School District’s Central Boulevard Elementary School increased their knowledge of pollination with a “Save the Bees” lesson inside the school’s STEM lab.
Students were tasked with a fictional experiment of moving pollen from one flower to another to help the dying bees. Paper flowers created by each student included labels for the pollen, stamen, stigma, nectar and petal sections. Using a “pollinator” constructed from pipe cleaner, cotton and tape, students moved colored dust representing pollen from one flower to another as a hands-on test.
The experimentation capped off a lesson about the importance of bees in the growth of all flowers and plants that include fruits and vegetables.
Photos courtesy of the Bethpage Union Free School District