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Block 1 (Biology): How warm or cold is it inside a beehive?

Short video for the class room - click and start
Short video for the class room - click and start

© Authors: Linda Markert, BEEgroup Würzburg, Senior Teacher Bert Eitschberger of the Friedrich-König-School in Würzburg, HOBOS-Team 2010

Topic Temperature regulation inside a beehive
Target group Secondary education (“middle school” in England and the US)
Estimated time 90 minutes
Summary In this block the students learn how to negotiate the HOBOS platform relatively quickly. They can find data, display it graphically and interpret it. Technically, the students find out about the bees' strategy for regulating the interior temperature of the hive and constantly keeping a required value. Altogether, the exercises are very precise so that each student can follow the instructions step by step.

3. Supporting videos (Flight activity)

Flight activity on a warm day
Flight activity on a warm day
Flight activity on a cold day
Flight activity on a cold day

Block 2 (Biology): Observation Point: Landing Spot at the Entrance to the Beehive

© Authors: Angela Kügel, BEEgroup Würzburg, HOBOS-Team 2010

Topic Observation Point: Landing Spot at the Entrance to the Beehive
Target group Secondary education (“middle school” in England and the US)
Estimated time 90 minutes
Summary In this block the students learn how to negotiate the HOBOS platform relatively quickly. They can find data and interpret it.

Block 3 (Biology): Varroa-Project 1

© Authors: Isabelle Reus, Stefanie Golla, Christoph Bauer, HOBOS-Team 2012

Topic The Varroa Mite – An Ectoparasite on the Honeybee I
Target group 8th or 10th grade
Estimated time 45 minutes
Summary Every year a considerable economic damage results from Varroa mites. The mites parasitize honeybees and in doing so damage bee colonies to a great extent. In this topic, the pupils can learn about the parasite by examining it under a microscope and compare it with the ectoparasite dealt with in class, the castor bean tick (10th grade). Using the example of the Varroa mite in the 8th grade, the class of the arthropod (Chelicerata) can be intensified.

Block 4 (Biology): Varroa-Project 2

© Authors: Isabelle Reus, Stefanie Golla, Christoph Bauer, HOBOS-Team 2012

Topic The Varroa Mite – An Ectoparasite on the Honeybee II
Target group 10th grade
Estimated time 90 minutes
Summary Every year a considerable economic damage results from Varroa mites. The mites parasitize honeybees and in doing so damage bee colonies to a great extent. The extent of infestation depends on different factors. The pupils can count the fall of mites on 5 beehives and estimate the threat to the hives by means of the point of damage. They can learn the effects the removal of the supersedure has on the extent of infestation. By means of the HOBOS-project they finally work out if there is a correlation between infestation and outside respectively hive temperature.

3. JPG: Download Images of the Hive Bases for the Determination of the Natural Mite Infestation

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Block 5 (Biology): Four Stations to the Honeybees

© Authors: S. Gerstner, T. Heyne, L. Renninger, HOBOS-Team (from the technical magazine "Praxis Schule 5-10", Westermann 2012, Germany)

Topic 1. Where does the honeybee live?
2. Where does wax come from?
3. Do bees freeze at Christmas?
4. Ideal flying weather?
Target group Secondary education I
Estimated time 45 minutes per station
Summary Learning Stations consisting of four different topics related to life of the honeybee.

Block 9 (Biology): What causes the death of bees?

© author: Katharina Väth, HOBOS-Team 2013.

Topic What causes the death of bees?
Target group 10th and 11th grade
Estimated time 135 minutes
Summary The pupils learn about the most important causes of death of bees by means of a carousel. They get to know natural reasons, the Varroa mite and human influences. Afterwards, the pupils analyse the losses of the healthy HOBOS-bee colony.

Block 10 (Biology): The construction of an insect hotel

© Author: Coletta Maria Schofer, HOBOS-Team 2013.

Topic The construction of an insect hotel
Target group 8th grade (and 11th grade)
Estimated time Six until eight lessons
Summary The pupils learn the importance of the wild bees and furthermore they learn how to build an insect hotel.

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