Pollinator Pit Stop

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Introduction  

Pollinators have one of the most important jobs on earth. Without pollinators to carry pollen from one flower to another, plants could not produce fruit, nuts, or seeds. These foods are important to the survival of all life on earth, including humans! One way we can help our pollinator friends is to build them pit stops, or temporary habitats where they can rest and eat. In this activity, you will learn about an insect and then design and build a pollinator pit stop that will meet its needs.

Design Challenge

Design a temporary habitat for a pollinator insect that can protect it and make it feel at home.

Subject

Biology

Ages

6+

Time

60 minutes

3-4 days to observe

Key Concepts

Habitats, ecology, design thinking

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JUMP IN!

Sketch your ideas for a pollinator habitat. Think about how your pollinator will get in and out, rest and eat.

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REWARDING & FLEXIBLE

Design a temporary habitat for a pollinator insect that can protect it and make it feel at home.

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DESIGN CHALLENGES AHEAD!

Try testing your pit stop for weather conditions. Use a spray bottle filled with water to see how some splashes of rain will affect the habitat, or run a fan to see if it can stand up to a steady breeze.

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