Seeds Galore!

STEM specialist Katherine Parisky leads students in an exploration of seeds to discover the different modes of dispersal. They looked at milkweed pods, different fruits, burrs, chestnuts, fern spores, maple "helicopters," and pine cones to explore the many different ways seeds travel: by wind or water, eaten, hitchhiked on animals and people, as well as by mechanical expulsion! In a subsequent lesson, the students designed and tested their own seeds based on the principles they learned and created some pretty impressive and realistic models!