Students at the Thomas Fleming School in Essex Junction are helping endangered insects while mastering some important life skills.
The 5th grade class worked with Vermont Fish and Wildlife to research the best type of habitat for a variety of different bugs.
They were finishing their “bug hotel” Friday morning using sticks, hay, pinecones and other types of debris to keep the bugs warm this winter.
“It’s a really great example of STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and I’m certainly partial to the art piece of it because a lot of times you’ll hear STEM but we really think that the design and art element is all integral in how kids learn and build there has been lots of opportunity for revision.” Said Lisa Foley, Visual Art Teacher
The bug hotels will be placed in a variety of locations around the community so that the bugs can move in while the weathers warm.