On May 1, 2017, MMGYSTC Regional Coordinator, Erin Youmans, shared a pollinator garden challenge to area middle school students. Part of the Honey Bee Project Grant funded by GYSTC, Inc., the challenge involved students doing research on pollinator gardens and plants that would grow in our region.
Students were given a budget of $100 and had to submit a spreadsheet showing the types of plants that should be planted in the pollinator garden and the cost for each plant. The students also had to draw the garden to scale showing how much space each plant required. The proposal had to be submitted in a digital format.
This STEM project encompassed many areas of the middle school curriculum. The first place winners for this challenge was Savannah Reynolds, Millie Hooks, and Hollan Coleman. Their teacher, Deana Ryan, at Swainsboro Middle School received a $50 gift card from East Georgia State College’s Biology Department to spend on science supplies for their classroom. Other notable design entries were by Paul Warren and Samuel White; Micheal Cartwright, Mason Hall, and Keaton Seymour; and Jared Drake.