Second grade students have been studying insect and plant life cycles in science.  They created habitats for milkweed bugs, painted lady butterflies, and mealworms, making sure to include air, food, water, space, and shelter.  Then the students observed and recorded the changes in the different insects.  Students saw insects change from the larva stage to the pupa stage and then to the adult stage.  Some changes happened quickly and some more slowly.  Students made comparisons of how an insect looks during each stage, recording their data. 


Students also planted brassica seeds which quickly grew into seedlings.  Students drew pictures of the plant changes plus measured their growth.  The plants flowered and the students cross pollinated the plants, learning that plants need to pollinate each other rather than themselves to produce seeds.  Students also investigated different ways plants become pollinated in nature.


Currently the students are engaging in some STEM activities related to plants and insects.  They are learning to program Bee-bots which are bee-shaped robots.  Students are programming the Bee-bots to perform specific tasks like having the robot travel from a beehive to a plant or tree and then back home. Sometimes students do not program the Bee-bot successfully, so then they need to debug the code and try again.  Students will also be programming the Bee-bots to perform bee dances to indicate where nectar is located so other bees can find the location as well.