Over 250 WHAM students and their families learned about the important job of native pollinators and ways to attract them to their yards at the WHAM Pollination Celebration Family STEAM Night. Moving at their own pace and guided by their passports, families traveled through the school participating in a dozen pollinator-themed activities.
To better understand how pollinators and flowers work together, students Engineered Pollinators from chenille stems and pompoms that could gather pollen from unusual flowers like the Bucket Orchid or the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Collecting pollen became “hands-on” as students dug through Cheetos to reach a sweet treat at the Pollinating Cheetos Station. The Pollination Relay had students running pollen from flower to flower and returning to their hives with nectar. Other activities included Still Life Butterflies Drawing and Pollination Grid.
The Science Lab was buzzing as WHAM families learned about honeybee colonies. Honeybee enthusiast, Laverne Simoneaux, explained the roles of the three types of bees (queen, worker, drone) as students found each in a honeybee observation hive.
At the end of the night families fluttered home with a new appreciation for pollinators and plants to start their very own pollinator gardens.