Lesson 4
Part 1

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

Designing a Hand Pollinator (1) / Grade 2 / Framingham, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, L4P1

Students apply their knowledge of materials, the pollination system, and agricultural engineering as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own hand pollinators. 

Reflection Questions

What do you see Pat doing to help her students understand the flower models, what they represent, and why we use them?

Pat introduces the model flowers and their parts in a step-by-step fashion so that children will understand what each one represents. 

  • Pat adds colors to the diagrams, using yellow to mark where the insect crawls in and red to designate where the nectar is located. (3:00)
  • Pat holds up each plastic flower model right next to the colored diagram so that students can see how closely it matches the flowers size and shape. (4:02)
  • Pat explains that agricultural engineers might use models at first to avoid hurting or breaking real flowers. (4:48)

How do you see students benefiting from using the handouts as they imagine and share ideas?

Pat’s students use the handouts to structure their movement through the EDP and make sure that they address all the important parts of each step.

  • Students use Imagine [4-5] to generate and keep track of the four design ideas they will discuss with their partners. (7:05)
  • One student uses the bottom section of Plan [4-6] to list all the materials she will use in her design. (9:01)
  • Another student uses Imagine [4-6] to record a labeled diagram of his plan that helps him prepare for building. (9:07)