IGB Pollen Power Camp for Middle School Girls
Andrew Leakey, Glenn Fried and Mayandi Sivaguru
Core Facilities & Microscopy Suite
Funded by the NSF and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
These fancifully shaped orange and yellow modes represent individual pollen grains from a water-willow plant Justicia asclepiadea and white spruce Picea glauca respectively. A team of middle school girls participating in the IGB Pollen Power! summer camp created images of the pollen grain, which were then transformed into a 3D computer model and printed in plastic at the University of Illinois College of Business MakerLab. This is one of several hands-on activities through which camp participants learn about plant biology. The grant that provides support for the camp also funds research on development of ozone-resistance in corn.