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Math is the language of science and an essential part of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). However, it can often be confusing and frustrating for youth. Engaging youth in planning and designing a raised pollinator garden can be one way to help youth gain comfort with math.
Why a pollinator garden?
Ask youth to try to imagine a world without bees. Make a list of everything the youth ate in their last meal and identify those items that depended on pollination. Then, read together the first paragraph in “Factors that threaten pollinator health” from Michigan State University Extension. This article tells us that one reason for the decline in pollinators is habitat destruction. Youth and their families can help make a difference by planting a native wildflower pollinator garden right near their own home. Believe it or not, winter is actually the perfect time to get started planning a garden.
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