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Name: Bees for the future

Author of the activity: David Sousa (davidnsousa@gmail.com); Priscila Doran (pri.doran@gmail.com)

Main topic(s) that includes: Biodiversity, Environmental Sciences, Bees, populations, Ecosystem, web of life

Brief description (1 to 2 paragraphs): Students will discover what is the importance of bees for human life as well as for the whole ecosystem and will investigate how their communities and the communities that live in other islands are behaving towards bees. Bees have been a major contemporary science concern, as their numbers have been decreasing at a fast rate. Considering this, students from the different islands will collaboratively figure out solutions to improve community awareness and conservation strategies in the islands.

Students’ project: http://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/osos-project/bees-future-851083

Subject domain(s): Biology, Environmental Sciences

Keywords: Bees, Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Population, Extinction

Big Ideas of Science:    Evolution; Earth; Energy

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Some possible collaborations:

Biology: ecosystems, biodiversity, bee’s behavior, etc

Mathematics: Beehive mathematical patterns, Fibonacci sequence

Environmental Sciences: ecosystems, pesticide use, protecting bee populations

Health: Harms of pesticide use for animals and humans

Psychology: People’s habits and relation with the environment, willingness to change, etc.

Economy: different agricultural practices and their impact on economy, impact of bee extinction on economy, etc.