Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 5, Day 2) – Agricultural Engineering
Happy Second Day!
Today the students took a post-assessment on the concept of “technology” by taking a nature walk and identifying man-made vs. natural objects. They also took a pre-assessment on the major parts of a plant and the pollination system. They were introduced to Mariana, a little girl from the Dominican Republic, who is having problems getting her Ohelo plant (originally from Hawaii) to reproduce. The students were challenged to brainstorm possible causes that were contributing to the plant’s pollination problems. They concluded that the Ohelo plant is not attracting pollinators such as bees or butterflies that are extremely important in the pollination system. They also learned that the Spanish word for butterfly is “mariposa.”
They finished the day by using IPads to research the Dominican Republic. They wrote interesting facts about the country and determined that it has a tropical climate which allows certain plants to grow the entire year. Tomorrow they will continue their research and begin designing technologies to help Mariana’s Ohelo plant attract pollinators.
Dr. P 🙂
Draw and label the following parts of the pollination system (flower, pollen, nectar, seed, and pollinator [butterfly or bee]).