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Teachers attending Roscoe's Bee Education Institute

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Roscoe, South Dakota (Dakota News Now) – Edmunds Central hosts the Bee Education Institute, where teachers from 23 other school districts learn how to operate their own beehives in their schools.

Spencer Cody, a science teacher at Edmunds Central, created a program to deliver beehives not only to students but also to other school districts.

“We actually had four hives in May of this year, and now we’re expanding to 23 more school districts across South Dakota. So we have East River and West River schools here,” he said. Cody said.

Cody came up with the idea for the program while attending a workshop in California, so he created a proposal and curriculum and asked other schools to participate.

“A lot of people didn’t really understand what bees actually do. I didn’t understand the important role that bees play in the pollination and production of all of our crops.

Teachers from 23 other districts agreed that setting up a beehive in their school would be a beneficial learning experience for their students and attended the two-day educational institution.

“From an educational standpoint, there are so many connections in this curriculum. So I teach zoology, and I already teach bees. It’s a connection,” Cody said.

A group of teachers toured Adee Honey Farms on Thursday and learned about honey production and extraction. The goal is to be able to extract honey from your own hive.

“Actually, I’d like to have real homemade honey in the lunch line so that students can really tell the difference between real honey and fake synthetic honey-flavored sugar,” says Cody. said.

Axtell Park science teacher Rise Jongeling says she joined the institute to provide a more direct learning experience for her students.

“Whether it’s animals, insects, bees, or plants, I know kids love hands-on opportunities. It was the first time,” says Jongeling.

Johngering hopes that once his students have working hives, they will be able to better understand the role bees play.

“They can see it and make that connection. Maybe they’re walking past a field and there’s these white boxes. You will know our connection to the world, and our connection to science,” said Jongering.

The group will learn how to manage hives from staff at Bees in the D, a Detroit-based beekeeping education nonprofit.

I couldn’t be happier to meet all these teachers. We are so lucky to have programs and people like Spencer here in South Dakota who are working hard to bring these opportunities to our teachers and pass them on to our young people. ” .

Teachers will build their own beehives for the duration of the institution and will receive bees in the district in May 2023.

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