Illinois Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchids are disappearing! They are losing their natural habitats and pollinators might have a hard time finding those that remain. The Orchid's flowers are most fragrant at night, attracting their only known pollinator - night flying Hawkmoths. How can we help the Orchids survive by making sure they are pollinated so they can make seeds and reproduce? Challenge: Use the Engineering Design Process to create something that could help the endangered Illinois Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchid get pollinated. 1. Watch the videos if you would like to watch animal pollinators at work to give you inspiration. 2. Next, use the Engineering Design Process to solve the challenge! ➡1st Step: ASK What is the problem? Answer - The Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchid is endangered - what can I design to help make sure they are pollinated?? ➡2nd Step: IMAGINE Brainstorm as many solutions to the problem as you can. Remember, when you are brainstorming, there are no limits - be creative! ➡3rd Step: PLAN Pick one or two of your best ideas to plan out with more detail. Draw your plan and label the materials you would need! ➡4th Step: CREATE Choose your best plan and build it with the materials you have available. ➡5th Step: TEST Find a way to test your idea. Collect data on how well your idea works. ➡6th Step: IMPROVE Make improvements to your design! 3. Tap the to share your design and if your are able to build your design, use the or to share your idea and/or use the tool to tell how your design would help make sure the orchids are pollinated. 4. Tap when you are finished to share your work!
Pollinator Video: DuPage Forest Preserve https://www.dupageforest.org/blog/power-of-pollinators Pollinator Video: The Beauty of Pollination - Moving Art™ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQiszdkOwuU Orchid Photo: Joshua Mayer from Madison, WI, USA - Eastern Prairie White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)