Idea Bank: Electronic BeeSpaceby: James Buell, Nicholas Naeger, and David Stone

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Recent press coverage of the decrease in worldwide honeybee population (Kaplan 2010) has significantly increased public awareness of its ecological and economic importance. In addition, honeybees’ social nature, novel method of gender determination, distinctive caste system, and behaviorally and chemically based language make them immediately interesting to students. This Idea Bank describes Electronic BeeSpace, an online video curriculum resource focused on bee biology. The recent completion of the genome of the most commonly domesticated honeybee, Apis mellifera, (Weinstock and Robinson 2006), makes this resource all the more timely.

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  • on Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:49 AM

The Electronic BeeSpace website described in this article seems to be adaptable to a variety of teaching purposes and this article is designed to help teachers maximize their use of the site. In addition to long video clips of various topics related to research and biotechnology that might be useful for STEM integration, each of these have been broken down into smaller segments that can be used in addition or on their own to emphasize various points. Because of this flexibility, the site is not isolated for use in only high school but parts could be integrated into middle school curriculum and easily into undergraduate biology coursework. A very useful resource!

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:49 PM

This article is about a website called “Electronic BeeSpace”, which contains an online video curriculum resource focused on bee biology, in particular the honey bee. With the environmental concern about the disappearance of the honeybee this website might be a good starting point for a Problem Based Learning activity about honeybees for either an environmental or biology science classroom project. The author describes what can be found on that website and how it might be used. This is a 21st Century real world problem that might truly engage students while they learn.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:02 AM

Electronic BeeSpace is an online curriculum that focuses on bee biology. It can be used in various high school life science classes and also by teachers to increase their knowledge base about bees. These robust activities align with the animal behavior science standard and numerous other standards. They allow students to see the link between gene expression and behavior by studying bees as model organisms. Using Electronic BeeSpace, students also can explore bee colony management and also Colony Collapse Disorder. Web resources are given.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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