Registration deadline: Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m.
The purpose of the STEM Native Pollinator youth program is to promote youth educational success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by using native pollinators (e.g. bumblebees) as the learning context.
The third and final training in a series of 2-day workshops will take place on March 25 & 26. The purpose of the workshops is to train facilitators who will teach the Native Pollinator curriculum, but these workshops are open to any Extension Center for Youth Development staff members who are interested in the topics (see agenda below).
Deadline to register is March 20. Come for just one of the days or for both days, depending on your interests and availability.
- Dates: March 25 & 26
- Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Location: St. Paul Student Center. Room 110 (2017 Buford Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108)
- Cost: There is no charge, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close on March 20, or when we reach capacity.
- Day 1: March 25 - Citizen Science, Bumble Bee Watch and Digital Photography for Citizen Science
This hands-on training will provide an introduction to citizen science and how the citizen science project, Bumble Bee Watch can be part of an engaging science program with young people!
You will explore how citizen science helps to gather or analyze data on a larger scale than an individual scientist can accomplish. Hands-on learning activities include developing and testing hypotheses, and understanding data sampling and variation.
You will learn about the national citizen science project Bumble Bee Watch, including how to participate, collect data, and help inform the larger scientific community about this important pollinator.
Data collection for Bumble Bee Watch focuses on digital photography, so hands on activities with cameras and how to use macro photography to photograph bumble bees and other pollinators will be covered. Cameras will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.
- Day 2: March 26 - Pollinator-Friendly Gardens
In this training we will review the parts of a flower, how it is pollinated, create a simple flower model, and dissect a real flower to see what's inside. Next we will review the steps to plan, plant, and maintain a garden. No matter if your site is small or large - there is a gardening option for you! From containers or raised beds, to a large in-ground garden, we will learn how to identify the best situation for you to meet your gardening goal. Covering; soil; light, and moisture requirements; plant selections; steps to lay out a garden and some tips for maintaining your site to get the best production and pollinator source for your local pollinators.
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Parking, travel and overnight accommodations are at the participant's expense.
STEM team co-chair