Kids in the Garden Engage Science (2017)

"Kids" booth at NC Regional Science Fair
"Kids in the Garden" booth at the NC Regional Science Fair at UNC Pembroke

Kids in the Garden (KIG) have been quite active this spring.  On February 18th, the Kids in the Garden hosted a booth at the North Carolina Regional Science Fair at UNC Pembroke.  Three of the "Kids" -- Madison Rogers, Larry McCallum, and Swathi Gadipudi -- entered a high school biology research project they completed while in the KIG program, and they received first place in Biology and the best poster in Biology award for their work.  All the "Kids" attended the Regional Science Fair, and they ate in the University cafeteria, which was fun!

"Kids" present research project"Kids" Madison Rogers (left) and Swathi Gadipudi present their research project during the NC Regional Science Fair

"Kids" present research project"Kids" Edgardo Lara (left) and Daniel Zavala present a research poster during the annual meeting of the NC Academy of Science

On March 24th, Dr. Martin Farley (Department of Geology and Geography) with Ashley Allen (UNCP MAT Science Education) and David Wimert (Middle School Science Teacher and former UNCP MA Middle Grades student) and two "Kids" -- Edgardo Lara and Daniel Zavala -- presented a research poster on KIG honey and pollen studies during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science, which was held at High Point University.

On March 25th, Madison Rogers, Larry McCallum, and Swathi Gadipudi presented their joint project at the NC State Science Fair at Meredith College, and they placed second in the Senior Biology Division A.  They will now go on to the International Science Fair Competition in Los Angeles, California, in May.

Kids in the Garden booth at STEM family night 

On March 28th, "Kid" Madison Rogers and the KIG program hosted a bee and pollen booth (pictured above) at the STEM family night at Union Chapel Elementary School from 6:00-8:00 PM.

The “Kids in the Garden" is a STEM project for middle school and high school students and is funded by a Burroughs Wellcome Trust.  The Students, which are from Robeson, Bladen, Richmond, and Cumberland counties in North Carolina, are learning about bees, pollination, pollen and their interrelationships.  Through up-close encounters with a variety of plants and insects in their local environment, participants are studying ecology and conservation.

KIG regional science fair poster

Article Submitted by Dr. Rita Hagevik, Director of the Kids in the Garden Program

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