Failure shows glimmer of success

I wrote a couple of posts ago about an experiment that I thought youngsters might like – it started out as whether bees prefer certain colours.  Of course we beekeepers know they do, but allowing children to discover the fact is a different thing altogether.  And indeed, understanding more about how the bee ‘sees’ the plants and how the veins act as little pointers takes this to a new level of fascination.  But we need to start more simply.  In that first stage my experiment seemed an out and out failure.  I even added a few drops of lemon oil.  And I abandoned the project, leaving it outside overnight.

Several bees and colours

Several bees and colours

The next day a friend called and we sat at the table with the experiment.  The bees had shown a little interest the day before after the initial lemon oil – now the thing was almost teeming with bees.  What had changed?  We’d had some dew in the morning.  And perhaps there had been time for some of the pioneering bees from the day before to do a waggle dance in front of their fellows?

It was all a little vague.  If teachers may want to use something similar then it needs to be structured for some sort of success.  Disappointment is a killer in the classroom just as excitement can light little fires that shine out from a child’s eyes.  Time to replicate and monitor more effectively.  24 hours ago more lemon oil was employed and an observation regime started.

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About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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