Urban Beekeeping as a tool for STEAM Education

Authors: Schmitt, Thomas • Kristian Demary

Published: 2021

Urban beekeeping is an innovative tool with which to test hypotheses and practice concepts relating to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education.

STEAM education uses art and design as an approach to STEM disciplines in a creative and engaging way. In this paper, we provide an overview of what urban beekeeping is, and how students of all ages successfully use bees as a means of project-based learning. We provide an overview of the uses of bees, their nest within the greater hive structure, their pathogens and parasites and their phenotypic gambit, with a special focus on practical applications. We delve into case studies of multiple, actual classrooms to demonstrate practical uses for bees with STEAM learning in elementary through advanced education. Bees are a viable means with which to advance STEAM education for learners of all ages, backgrounds, origins, nationalities, colors, races, and interests.

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