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Kids in the Garden Explore Science in Summer Camp

Kids in the Garden

In the “Kids in the Garden: Building a Sustainable Future Through STEM”, 15 middle school and high school students from Robeson, Bladen, Richmond, and Cumberland Counties are learning about bees, pollination, pollen and their interrelationships as part of a Burroughs Wellcome Trust funded project in informal science education.  For two weeks, the students have been exploring the topic of bees, honey, and pollen alongside scientists and science educators, as well as practicing the engineering design process in designing, studying, and sampling pollen in the environment. Through up-close encounters with a variety of plants and insects in their local environment, participants are studying ecology and conservation. In the coming school year, the students will follow up with research projects that they develop with scientists and students at UNC Pembroke. The goal of the program is to introduce these students to the practice of science and STEM careers. Students will present their research in the spring at the Regional Science Fair held each February at UNCP.

 Kids in the Lab Kids in Bahr Lab

The main UNCP faculty participants include Drs. Rita Hagevik, Deborah Hanmer, and Lisa Kelly from Biology, Dr. Martin Farley from Geology and Geography, and Dr. Jeffrey Warren from Education.  Assistance was provided by Dr. Ben Bahr from Biology and Chemistry/Physics.  Other participants include Dr. Grant Pilkay of Fayetteville Technical Community College, as well as UNCP graduate student Cameron Troutman and our school science teacher partners, David Wimert of Bladen County and Melissa Harris of Cumberland County.  UNCP PURC undergraduate students Brandon Smith and Robbie Juel have also assisted. In addition, the Bayer Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park has joined us as our business partner.

Kids on the RiverKids in the Garden Faculty

Faculty members from Kids in the Garden are pictured above (from left to right): Melissa Harris, Rita Hagevik, Deborah Hanmer, Martin Farley, Grant Pilkay, Cameron Troutman, and David Wimert

Kids in the Garden Bee Keepers

Article submitted by Martin Farley. Photographs courtesy of Rita Hagevik

Web Manager's note:  The Kids in the Garden Summer Camp ran from 20 June - 1 July 2016.

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