Gibsonville Elementary School

 

Jennifer Welsh, Linda and Geoff Leister

Jennifer Welsh, Linda and Geoff Leister

Members Jennifer Welsh, Linda Leister and Geoff Leister participated in Heritage Day activities at Gibsonville Elementary School on Thursday, November 10, 2016. A PowerPoint presentation designed for grades Pre-K, K, 1st & 2nd, covered basic information on honey bees and pollination. A second PowerPoint was presented to 3rd, 4th & 5th grades. That presentation included images of a natural hive, as well as, ancient, traditional and modern artificial hives. Paul Jollay loaned us his Plank Bee Gum which was compared to an 8-frame Langstroth hive. A mock hive inspection was demonstrated on a hive, with frames, tools, and smoker. The ever favorite observation hive ended each of the twenty-two 10-minute sessions.

Hexagonal Wax Cells

We were challenged with questions by some bee informed students. One of the most challenging questions was asked by several students: “Why do honey bees build hexagonal shaped cells to create their wax honeycomb?” Great question! Lack of time prevented us from answering in detail, but some followup research on-line found the following that may be of interest to some of our members as well as students:

On National Public Radio’s Robert Krulwich Wonders on Science:
 What Is It About Bees And Hexagons? 

On TED Ed: Why do honeybees love hexagons? 

On BBC Behind the Beehive:
“Why bees choose to use a hexagon to build their honeycomb structure rather than a triangle or a square” 

Wikipedia: Honeycomb 

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