In this activity, students take on the role of a pollinator to collect “pollen” in a demonstration that outlines the steps and outcomes of pollination.
Flowers must be pollinated and then fertilized in order to produce seeds for the next generation. There are important flower parts that are essential for pollination to occur. The male part, the stamen, produces the pollen, and the female part, the stigma, is what the pollen sticks onto.
Pollination occurs when pollen from the male flower gets deposited on the stigma of the female flower. After the pollen lands on the stigma, the sperm it contains has to travel all the way down to the ovule, where the eggs are found. When the sperm and eggs join, fertilization occurs. Now these eggs will turn into seeds and fruit will form around them.