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Plants, seed pods, and pollination

Students will explore the parts of a plant, dissect a flower, find out about pollination and seed dispersal, and make models of the bio-engineering involved.

Plants, seed pods, and pollination

In this 1 hour interactive workshop, delivered online via Zoom or a virtual platform arranged by your school, children will have the opportunity to get hands-on in a number of activities using easy-to-find household items*.

Activities include exploring the parts of a plant and their basic functions, finding out about pollination and dissecting a flower, exploring different mechanisms of seed dispersal, and making models of some of the different types - including the bio-engineering of expulsive and wind dispersal methods.

Sessions are lead by Dr Jo online with support from staff in the classroom.

*Children will need a flower, a paper cup and balloon, or plastic bottle and sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, sticky tape, and a printed PDF activity sheet. There may be the possibility of receiving some specialist supplies via post for schools in mainland UK. In-person workshops may also be available for schools near Cambridge. Please contact Dr Jo for further information.


Up to 33 students


From £150 for a single workshop, £500 per day.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering


  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Materials
  • Seasonal changes
  • Forces

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Observing and measuring

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

Good for a career in...

  • Design
  • Environment
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