Learning with bees

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One of the most impressive TED talks I ever viewed was presented by Neuroscientist Beau Lotto and a 12 year-old student called Amy O'Toole.

Amy had earlier attended Blackawton Primary School in South Devon, under the headship of visionary educator Dave Strudwick. Dave invited Beau to do some research with the children on visual perception, and they turned their attention to the vision of bees.

The research was based on the question: What do science and play have in common? Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He cop resents with 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project.

This just shows that anyone can be involved in research at the highest level, and that includes primary school children. Other schools are now adopting these ideas, and several have set up apiaries for keeping bees.



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Learning with bees by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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