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Bees with Backpacks

With concerns about declining bee populations globally Geelong residents are taking up beekeeping in their backyard.

Aside from honey, these amazing insects play a crucial role in garden ecosystems, including 90% of the foods we consume daily.

CSIRO have developed micro sensing technology that is placed on bees to track the time bees spend from the hive, to investigate distances travelled and jobs they perform. The Geelong Beekeeping Club, CSIRO and the Geelong Tech School are calling on students to solve the Environmental Mystery of why bee populations are declining across the Geelong CBD.

Industry Partners
Suitable for

Years 7-10 + VCAL

Duration

8x 50min lessons & 2x days at GTS

Student Outcomes

Students will:

  • Investigate the importance of bees in food supply
  • Understand the role bees play in the environment
  • Analyse the live bee data from our local hive
  • Research and Identify areas of the Geelong CBD for potential bee friendly environments
  • Research natural elements required to set up bee friendly environment.
  • Design and prototype a bee friendly environment

Curriculum Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Design & Technologies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Visual Art

 

Program Overview

CSIRO Bees with Backpacks project
Module 1
2 x 50 min
Bee anatomy & the roles bees play
Module 2
1 x 50 min
Understanding bee friendly environments
Module 3
1 x 50 min
Prototype building 3D modelling
Module 4
2 x 50 min
Excel data analysis
Module 5
2 x 50 min
Welcome to the bee hive
Module 6
Full day
Virtual Bee Friendly Environment
Module 7
Full day
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