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    Default Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    I; http://www.bonterrabees.com/home.html have teachers asking about public school policy and attitudes toward my Observation Hives in a classroom.
    Does anyone have comments or experience with ObHs in public schools and public centers?
    Mark

    You can't think like a bee but you can watch them think.
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    Default Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    Every cpl of yrs our local elementary school has Conservation Days. I take a one frame observation hive, my suit and gloves, a suit that is kid size, helmet veil and gloves, a smoker, a hive tool and picture posters of bees and such. Oh, and some honey.

    I like to ask the kids about what they might know. You'd be surprised. One year I got a Trucker out of the deal. A young girl brought me some pictures of her Dad and his semi loaded w/ bee hives, Hackenburgs hives. He has hauled for me ever since.

    School Policy? I don't know. Individual or School District Policies I imagine. All different.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    You have to ask and be willing to go the extra mile in the education aspect. I offered to teach the first graders their yearly insect class, and to be part of any other teacher/school bee talks, and I have a complete hive at the school in the outdoor learning lab. I go out, put a few frames in my ulster hive and bring it right into the classroom.

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    Default Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    I also use an Ulter Observation hive. Teachers and kids are all wide eyed when they look into to window. There is so much to be learned from an observation hive. If the school does not allow such a learning experience, they are not educated enough to know how safe a properly constructed observation hive can be. I have kids from two years ago that say, "Look there goes the bee man". This does stick in there heads.

    Mark

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    Default Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    I posted this on another thread about a teacher that asked about this
    I remember one when I was in 9th grade biology OBH that is. FACINATING Better than an aquarium and so much more to understand. It is unfortunate that in this litigious society,,the decision makers fear the remotest scenario consequence. It's not their fault,,,,it's the parents,,,and the children are the lessor for it. My wife is a teacher, and I think you would be blown away at the politics that have entered the education system. sorry,,,I'll get off the soap box.
    My 3 cents
    Rick SoMd

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    Default Re: Observation Hives in school classrooms?

    Seeing the observation hive in The Castle at the Smithsonian Institute on the Mall in Washington, DC layed the ground work in my brain that lead to what I do for a living. At least that is the first time I can recall seeing bees up close as a kid.

    Was it design, coinsidence or a matter of not having more room, but the Wright Brothers plane, The Spirit of St. Louis and bees were all in the same museum. Connecting thread being that they all fly. Maybe I'm reaching.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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