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Flower Engineers


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Flower Engineers

This activity (on pages 24-29) combines science and art to introduce learners to how different animal pollinators spread pollen from one plant to another, and how certain shapes, colors, and smells of different flowers attract particular pollinators. In Part One, learners draw and label a flower based on a Pollinator Chart, then build the flower. In Part Two, learners survey others in their class or group to see if they can tell which kinds of pollinator their model flower would attract.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


  • pen or pencil
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • markers
  • tissue paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • additional art materials of your choice

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, University of Nebraska State Museum and Nebraska 4-H, ©2001

Funding Sources:

  • NSF Informal Science Education Program, 9909496
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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