Climate Detectives Projects 2019-2020

Project topic: Flora & Fauna

Project title: A Garden for Pollinating Insects

Team: EcoFantásticos

2019-2020   EB1 Santo Amaro   Lisboa   Portugal   18 Student’s age: 8-9

Summary of the project

In our project, we will investigate: • What types of pollinating insects are there? • What do they eat, what is their habitat and how do they reproduce? • Curiosities about some of the insects studied. • Why are pollinating insects in danger? • Is it climate change or human action that puts pollinating insects on the brink of extinction? The class was divided into 6 working groups. Each group received two types of cards with information on: a) The flowers to be sown: with information about when they bloom; what is the duration of flowering time and what type of insects visited them and why; b) Insects (bees and butterflies): what they would like and what they need in a flower. We first organize the flower cards according to a time sequence, so that we can have flower throughout the year. Then, we placed the insect cards, above or below this line of flowers, to know which insects would visit these flowers and made the final adjustments. We sow the seeds according to the plan, at our Pollinating Insect Garden. The monitoring of our Pollinating Insect Garden continues to be carried out with the collection of images (evidence) to carry out work proposals, contests, readings, experiences and research and challenges, in order to the continuity of the Project, in Covid_19. The information was organized in each student’s electronic reflective learning e-portfolio.

Main results

• Our Garden for Pollinating Insects hosted a huge family of cabbage caterpillars; • It served as a shelter for insects because whenever we went to water the garden, we saw insects flying; • Cabbage caterpillars almost devoured an area of ​​nasturtium leaves (Tropaeolum majus); • We researched the caterpillar’s life cycle; • We know that all caterpillars turn into butterflies; • Our Garden is visited by bees, flies and other insects but we are unable to count or identify them, as the school is closed. • Butterflies dance in the air to date; • There are more butterflies and bees flying in our garden; • Check the interaction of insects with plants.

Actions to help lessen the problem

a) Build more Gardens for pollinating insects; b) Build hotels for pollinating insects; c) Create observation posts to help identify insects; d) Counting the insects; e) Check the interaction of insects with plants; f) Sensitize school students to the need to preserve green spaces and their biodiversity; g) Sensitize local authorities and green spaces to cut grass and garden plants, on a rotating basis, so that insects continue to have refuge (do not spoil their habitat);

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