Pollinator Super Heroes | 4-H Online Adventures
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All summer long, insects and birds are busy pollinating flowers and making all of our food possible. Whether you live in the city, suburbs or in the country, you can see pollinators if you just look around. At the end of three weeks, you'll know which flowers bees, hummingbirds and other creatures prefer, how to tell a moth from a butterfly, how pollinators and plants work together, and how to address threats to pollinators such as garden pesticides.
What you will learn and do
In three weeks you'll learn the who, what, where, why, when and how of pollination: which insects are pollinators, what is pollination and where and how it happens. You’ll understand why pollination is important to our environment and our food supply. You’ll be able to identify practices that protect pollinators from threats. Everything is online, and on your schedule. You’ll watch and make videos to share, ask questions of Anthony, our expert online guide, play games and interact with 20 other youth in your group.
Who can take part?
4-H'ers in grades 5-8 / age 10-14 who are interested in insects, the environment or science.
Dates and time commitment
Three weeks, three activities each week. You’ll spend 2-4 hours per week looking at bees, birds and other pollinators outdoors and online, playing games, watching and making videos and interacting online with Anthony and 19 other youth. There is no fixed schedule -- do these activities anytime that suits you.
About your online guide
Anthony Auletta is a Ph.D student in entomology at the University of Minnesota specializing in spiders (but he knows a lot about bees and other insects, too!) He's also the president of Frenatae, the U's entomology student organization, and does school outreach for that group.
You will need
- An internet connection (good enough for uploading your own short videos)
- A computer, smart phone or tablet device with a camera that you can take outside (Any Android, iPod, iPad or computer is OK. IPhones are OK for taking pictures, but you'll need to use another device for everything else)
- An e-mail address (one for each participant)
- An interest in insects, birds, plants or the environment
About 4-H online adventures
This is one of a series of 4-H online adventures — hands-on 4-H project learning that's facilitated online. Read more.
Questions about 4-H online adventures? Ann Nordby, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-624-9343.