Edmonds Central is hosting a bee training institute where teachers from 23 other school districts will learn how to operate their own beehives at their schools.
Edmonds Central science teacher Spencer Cody created the program to not only bring bee hives to her students, but to other districts as well.
In May, we actually had four hives, and now we’re expanding to 23 more school districts in South Dakota. So, we have East River and West River schools here.
Cody got the idea for the program while attending a workshop in California, so he created a proposal and curriculum and asked other schools to join.
Many people didn’t really know what our bees actually do. They may know a little about it, but they don’t understand the important role our bees play in pollinating and producing so many different products, not just honey. So, that led to the idea that we need an educational program about that.
Teachers from 23 other districts agreed that having bee hives in their schools would be a beneficial learning experience for students and joined the two-day training program.
According to Cody:
From an educational standpoint, there are so many connections you can make with the curriculum. So, I teach zoology, and I already teach about bees. This is a great link to or if you are teaching about plants and pollination.
The group of teachers visited Adi honey farms on Thursday to learn about honey production and extraction. The goal is to be able to extract honey from their hives.
We actually want to present real and homemade honey side by side so students know the difference between real honey and fake sugars with artificial honey flavor.
Axtell Park science teacher Rhys Jongling says she attended the institute to give her students more hands-on learning experiences:
I know kids love hands-on opportunities, whether it’s working with animals or insects or bees or plants. So, I wanted to bring this hands-on opportunity to my students in Sioux Falls.
Jongling hopes her students can better understand the role of bees when they have a hive to fill.
Students see it and can make that connection. Maybe they went through a field and there were these white boxes. what’s that for? They will know the connection with the environment and the connection with our world and the connection with science.
The group will learn how to manage their hives from staff at Bees in the D, a beekeeping education nonprofit based in Detroit.
I couldn’t be happier to see so many teachers. “They are very fortunate here in South Dakota to have programs and people like Spencer who are working hard to bring these opportunities to our teachers and then to our youth,” said Brian Patterson Rost, CEO and founder of Bees in the D. We move. .
Teachers will build their own beehives during the training institute and receive their bees in their district in May 2023.