In this design challenge, students will recieve a problem derived from the story What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade. In the story, Suzanne talks about how bees help the ecosystem and the ramifications if bees were to disappear from the ecosystem. The students will be presented with the following problem: “The Lee, Martinez, and Smith families have noticed that there are fewer bees around their farm. They are worried that over time, there may be no bees left to pollinate their crops. What can they do to make sure their crops and surrounding lands get pollinated?” Students will engage in a STEM challenge to build an artifical pollinator in 25 minutes.  Teams will receive bonus points if their pollinator can transfer enough pollen in different size flowers.

Standards Alignment + Connections

Current Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Current Science TEKS covered in this design challenge

Grade 2 TEKS: 2.9A, 2.9C
Grade 3 TEKS: 3.10B
Grade 4 TEKS: 4.10C

Future Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Future Science Scientific and Engineering Practices covered in this design challenge

Grade 2 TEKS: 2.1B, 2.1G, 2.12B, 2.12C
Grade 3 TEKS: 3.1B, 3.1G, 3.12B
Grade 4 TEKS: 4.1B, 4.1G

Math TEKS covered in this design challenge

Grade 2 TEKS: 2.2B, 2.4A, 2.9D
Grade 3 TEKS: 3.4A, 3.7E