Design a Pollinator's Plant
Hosted by: UT Austin Environmental Science Institute
Visit our Booth: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
The Challenge: Design a plant (or a full garden) to attract different types of pollinators.
Think about pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, bats, flies, and butterflies. How might you need to design your plant or flower to attract a specific pollinator? What are the shapes of these pollinators and how do they fly? Think about what shape and color might attract your pollinator. Design and create a paper plant (or whole paper garden) for your favorite pollinator...or all the pollinators. See the activity video below for additional information about pollinators to help you design your plant or flower. Share your pollinator garden or plant on Flipgrid.
Recommended materials: pipe cleaners or rubber bands, tape, tissue paper (in different colors), construction paper (in different colors), colored pencils, or markers, scissors (optional), Pollination Station Data card.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Exploring Earth and Energy?
Environmental scientists and biologists explore the interactions between plants, animals, and people. Pollination (the transfer of pollen) is an important process that allows flowers, and plants to grow. Pollination is done by different insects, animals including the air and water. Pollinators are needed for many of the foods and materials we use and can impact our economy. If you want to learn more about bees as pollinators, watch our talk with Dr. Shalene Jha, a UT biology professor on the Talk and Resources tab.
Ready to design your flower or plant? Watch the video below for additional information about pollinators. Remember to download the Pollination Station Data card to help you create your design.
If you want to learn more about bees as pollinators, watch our talk with Dr. Shalene Jha, a UT biology professor. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute as part of Hot Science - Cool Talks. Visit Hot Science - Cool Talks at http://www.hotsciencecooltalks.org for additional resources and videos.
Want to know more about bees and pollination?
Watch our Hot Science - Cool Talk "The Buzz About Bees" with Dr. Shalene Jha. Dr. Jha shares how native bee species interact with native and exotic plants, from tropical forests to urban areas in Texas, reveals their cultural and economic impact and discusses the challenges bees face to survive.
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About the Environmental Science Institute (ESI)
ESI’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environment and sustainability through the development of interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach programs. ESI is housed in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information about ESI visit us at www.esi.utexas.edu.
A special thanks to the California Academy of Sciences Science Action Club for their Pollination Station activity. For more information about other activities, please visit www.calacademy.org/science-action-club.