South Orangetown Central School District

William O. Schaefer Elementary School second-graders used their knowledge of birds, creativity and a few pipe cleaners, paper cups and wooden dowels to build species-specific feeders. The hands-on engineering project for in-person and remote learners is part of a grade-wide science unit on animal adaptations. Students considered the feeding habits of the birds they hoped to attract to design the most effective feeder possible that would also provide protection from cats.

Go to our Facebook or Instagram feeds for more photos of students in teacher Pamela Bartell’s class, who built feeders for finches, jays, woodpeckers and cardinals.

Student holding up hand-made bird feeder