High School Inquiry: Building Solitary Bee Nests

Developed by teachers participating in the National Center for Agricultural Literacy’s (NCAL) program, Translating Applied STEM Research into Secondary Science (TASRS), this lesson provides high school students with an opportunity to carry out an authentic scientific inquiry relevant to agriculture and participate in a citizen science project. In the lesson, students design and test several designs of trap nests (artificial nests for bees) to determine nest features that are necessary or preferable when trying to attract blue orchard bees for pollination services. Students contribute their results to a citizen science project, Native Buzz, based at the University of Florida. Lesson materials include Teacher Notes, Diversity of Bees PowerPoint, Lab Report Format and Rubric, Blue Orchard Bee Information Sheet, Bee Nest and Information Form, and Student Worksheet.

 

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