Activity Set B: Exploring Pollen in the Atmosphere

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Summary: Students explore wind-pollination through investigating pollen in the atmosphere. They construct simple pollen traps and set them outdoors. Using a staining technique to distinguish pollen from other material on microscope slides, students conduct pollen counts from the collected pollen. They analyze their data and try to answer their research question. Activities can be extended to try to identify or classify the types of pollen collected. Students communicate with scientist mentors online about their investigations.

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