Schools / 12 Masterminds Students Study Decline in Honeybee Population -- 'BeeCause' Project Boosts Confidence

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Schools / 12 Masterminds Students Study Decline in Honeybee Population -- 'BeeCause' Project Boosts Confidence


Childers, Danielle, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


Where have the honeybees gone? That is what the middle school students in the Masterminds class at the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering want to know.

Since the school year began, the 12 specially selected, academically gifted sixth- and seventh-grade students have become absorbed with learning everything they can about honeybees and colony collapse disorder . They chose this as their focus after researching animals and plants that are becoming endangered. They named their project "BeeCause."

The students recently visited with the Underhill family, owners of Peace Bee Farm in Proctor, Ark., who taught them how honeybees communicate through the "bee dance," how bee colonies work, and how important the bees are to the very existence of vegetables, fruits, nuts and flowers. They learned that as a result of CCD, honeybee populations in the United States have dropped precipitously, as millions of bees have simply disappeared. They also learned that, while scientists have theories about what causes CCD, they don't know with certainty why it occurs, so the students decided to run some experiments.

The students programmed four robots to simulate how the bees communicate through their "dance," to sense colors as bees do when they search for nectar, and to calculate the temperature of beehives. While the students found no conclusive results, they did discover why it is important for scientists to gather data about the bees.

The students' enthusiasm for the Masterminds class is evident. "I get to help solve one of the world's worst problems," says Michael Hines. Lauryn Jones notes, "I've been able to learn more about bees than I'd ever thought I would. This has made me a better person. I'm even starting to go green!"

"I pick up trash from my street now!" chimes in Angel Langford.

Other students say that the class has given them more confidence and a belief that they can now answer the most challenging questions.

Shantell Poole says, "This class has helped me to learn better. We all enjoy sharing with each other and learning from each other."

And Elijah Wells says he loves "the field trips, experiments and projects that give us a hands-on approach."

The environmental focus of the Masterminds class will continue through this academic year. …

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