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Bees Can Teach Science! Meet Standards by
Studying Pollinators in the Field and Classroom

This Web Seminar took place on April 13, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Thelma Redick, Director of Conservation Education and Outreach with the Wildlife Habitat Council; Dr. John Pickering, ecology professor at the University of Georgia; Nancy Lowe, Bee Hunt Outreach Coordinator with Discover Life; and Jan Schultz, Program Leader, Botany & NNIS, Eastern Region, U.S. Forest Service. In this Seminar, the presenters discussed how pollinators, particularly bees, can be used to teach standards-based science and get students actively engaged with their work and the outdoors.

This is the second of two Web Seminars in a series from PollinatorLIVE. Thelma Redick started the presentation with a definition of pollinators and the tasks they perform. Then Nancy Lowe and Dr. John Pickering talked about Bee Hunt, a program that allows educators to access and contribute to a large cache of images of various species of pollinators from across the country. Ms. Redick returned to describe a comprehensive curriculum for grades 3-6 that addresses plant pollinator relationships and related concepts. Lastly, Jan Schultz highlighted activities from the Zaagkii Wings & Seeds Project.

Sixty (60) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. One participant attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Iraq.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I am writing curriculum for grades 6-9 and may include some of the ideas about surveying locations near the school into the lessons.”

  • “Will use when teaching symbiosis and plant reproduction.”

  • “I will use this information to design some authentic scientific research for my students.”

  • “The information will be useful when teaching ecology. I think it is a great idea to get students involved and understand the importance of pollinators.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


Supported by
  • USDA Forest Service
Additional support provided by:
  • US Department of Agriculture: NRCS, NIFA
  • Partners in Resource Education
  • National Environmental Education Foundation
Produced by
  • Prince William Network (Prince William County Public Schools)

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 Underwritten in part by:USDA Forest Service