Primary schools project:

Bees and Honey

Why are bees so important for us and for the environment? Why do bees pollinate flowers? How many flowers do they have to visit to make one jar of honey? What is honey made of? What is the ideal environment for bees?

These questions are answered in the Baylab project "Bees and Honey", open to all primary schoolchildren (grades 3–4).

  • Real flowers, magnifying glasses and see-like-a-bee goggles ... You can try out all sorts of things here.
  • A fascinating insect – you can study the bee in detail using this model.
Real flowers, magnifying glasses and see-like-a-bee goggles ... You can try out all sorts of things here.

What information is taught?
The students’ project focuses mainly on why bees are so important for us and for the environment. Using models and microscope slides, the schoolchildren can investigate the bee’s anatomy. As well as simulating the pollination of flowers, they can study pollen under the microscope and use the information to find out where the honey came from.

By means of chemical experiments, they find out what honey contains and investigate the conditions in which it can be used as a natural remedy. As part of the experiments, they practice measuring and mixing liquids, dissolving solids and handling testing strips and sensors.

The experiments are carefully observed and compared so that logical conclusions can be drawn.

What happens on a day at Baylab?

The day at Baylab begins at 9.15 a.m. A bee quiz provides a fun-filled introduction to the topic. The schoolchildren study a model bee to decide how bees pollinate flowers and collect nectar. Next comes the safety briefing. Lab coats and safety goggles are provided by Bayer.

During the experimental session which follows, the children may visit various sections of the laboratory. For instance, they may use a microscope to analyse pollen, or detect different types of sugar and acid in a test tube by means of color reactions. Sensors are used to determine the mineral content of the honey. The young scientists have real flowers, magnifying glasses and see-like-a-bee goggles to help them.

Around 10.45 a.m. it’s snack time. Then everyone joins in an experiment to find out the temperature at which honey kills germs. The results are recorded, evaluated and discussed. To finish, the schoolchildren take a guided tour of the Baykomm multimedia exhibition – concentrating, of course, on the "Nutrition" room.

The project activities are scheduled to finish by 12.15 p.m.

Focus on teamwork

Baylab can host around 30 schoolchildren, divided into several small teams. They are given worksheets and instructions for the experiments and work independently most of the time.

The experiments are first evaluated within the individual teams and then discussed and compared by the whole group.

All the project activities are supervised by specially trained project leaders.

Call +49 (0)214/30-65796 to book your session.

Appointments for Baylab for February until July 2016 are fully booked. Appointments for Baylab for August 2016 until January 2017 will be available by phone from Monday, 6th of June 2016; from 8 a.m.