XPolli:Nation – supporting experiences with pollinators for children in school grounds

XPolli:Nation – supporting experiences with pollinators for children in school grounds - Global :

Are you an education practitioner working with primary and secondary schools? Are you interested in finding out how you can support students’ interest in pollinations? Then this FREE workshop to be hosted by The XPolli:Nation Project team on May 26, 2021, is for you!  X:Pollination is a project focused on cross pollinating ideas, methods and technologies for pollinator citizen science.

Workshop discussion themes include: how to help pollinators in your school grounds; take part in the XPolli:Nation survey; and make changes with your pupils. There will be opportunities to ask questions and hear what others are doing. Registration is open here:

Interested but can’t attend, or the workshop is not for you why not take a look at the free OU course, A Cross-pollinated resource for pollinator citizen science.  Suitable for children aged seven and above, their parents and / or teachers, These courses are designed around innovative research technologies developed through the project, which investigate how Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies can work alongside human intelligence in monitoring our natural environment and how people and AI can help each other in science learning.

The materials make it possible to learn to identify and distinguish different species of bumblebee and butterfly using an interactive identification key, seeking suggestions from automated image recognition and receiving formative feedback through automatically generated texts. There are also interfaces to explore which flowers attract which pollinators, and advice on what to plant is delivered through a recommender system.

The workshop and learning materials are part of XPolli:Nation citizen science activities and resources. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and National Geographic. It is a collaboration between The Open University (including the iSpotnature.org team), University of Aberdeen, Imperial College London, Learning through Landscapes, St Alban’s CE Aided Primary School and Museo Di Storia Naturale Della Maremma in Italy.

22 May 2021
Janice A