Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off—jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life.
This condition, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), has resulted in bee mortality rates of 33% over the last five years. Can you imagine a world without strawberries, almonds or broccoli?
Thanks to the Denmark School District “Save the Bees” project, they have found a way to help save the bee population, educate students on beekeeping, and apply these principles of real life scenarios through Science (ecosystem), Technology, (hive management/tracking software), Engineering (studying the difference between traditional and top bar hives), Art (creating marketing materials and photographing the hive) and Math (product sales to be sustainable) to their students.
They use the Beepods System, which is a complete beehive system that has access to training/support by professional beekeepers, training videos, 24/7 email support, a vast online community to connect with other beekeepers, and national beekeeping software which logs hive inspections to keep track of the hive health, honey production, and bee population.
The hive, hosted in the school nature center, will be used by all five of the Denmark schools to involve as many learners as possible about this important topic.
The project was made possible thanks to the support received from the community, local Lions Club, and the Shopko Foundation. View the story here: https://www.nbc26.com/news/partners-in-education/partners-in-education-denmark-bees.