BioSleuths @ Belle Valley – Tuesday: Honey Bees
One of the four areas students investigated today was the intricate social nature of bees and how the different types of bees work together to make honey, the honeycomb, and more bees! As a group, students enacted the roles of the bees in a hive and “produced” their own honey. “I can’t believe bees have to work so hard just to make a little honey!” observed one student.
Our intrepid biosleuths also used manipulatives and geometry to discover how and why honeybees have perfected their honeycomb design and concluded that hexagons are the optimal shape for honeycomb cells.
Ask your student:
From which part of the bee’s body does the wax come? (abdomen)
Which type of bee in the colony builds the honeycomb? (worker)