Xylem STEM Support Services
In Garden club on October 2, we ate like bugs! We began the day by looking at the pea plants that had been brought in by various gardeners. Several of the plants had outgrown their miniature trellises in the two weeks since they were planted. We even got lucky and found that the seeds we planted in the beds germinated and grew!
After watering our plants, we reviewed the four mouthpieces of insects and then got to practice eating like each. The children used their hands to make mandibles and then eat a fruit roll-up.
They pierced the "skin" of an animal and drank the blood like a mosquito [ most agreed that liquid jello is yummy]
They used party blowers as proboscis to get pollen from flowers.
They used dried sponge cake to simulate a fly's mouthpiece and then "spit" water onto the sugar to make it possible for the spongecake to pick up the sugar. I think it is safe to say they will not want flies on their food any time soon.
We offer support services to further Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) learning in Smyrna, Georgia schools. We sponsor after-school gardening programs and provide STEM educational training and networking opportunities for teachers.