2008 BeeSpace Summer Learning Workshop

EdWeek08 - The Curriculum

Published Date:February 15, 2009

The Experiencing BeeSpace 2008 curriculum offers video lectures, lab tours, printable question sets and related materials.

Published Date: February 15, 2009


EdWeek 08: The Week in Brief

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Recipe: Mix world-class scientists, fourteen enthusiastic young students, and a vexing research puzzle of global importance. Result: A high-interest week of summer workshop activities at the leading edge of biological inquiry.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08 Presenters

Published Date:June 28, 2008

BeeSpace is fortunate to have several world-class scientists and additional presenters assisting with the 2008 Summer Learning Workshop. National Academy scientists, senior research professors, and affiliated doctoral students will be demonstrating and describing their work throughout the workshop week.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek08: Complete BeeSpace Experiment

Published Date:June 28, 2008

In this video set, Nick Naeger conducts a complete BeeSpace experiment, from field collection of worker bees through laboratory analysis of brain chemistry.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08: Monday activities

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Monday morning's activities include learning from Professor Susan Fahrbach about bee biology, learning from doctoral researcher Nick Naeger about BeeSpace, examining honey bees under a light microscope, and paying a virtual visit to BugScope to view honey bees with a scanning electron microscope.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08: Tuesday activities

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Tuesday morning the students learned about the development of BeeSpace experiments, including how colonies are manipulated, what observation tools are used, and how mRNA information is assessed. The group also visited research hives at the UIUC Bee Lab.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08: Wednesday activities

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Wednesday morning featured an extended walk-through by Nick Naeger of a BeeSpace experiment, covering tissues, dissection, mRNA extraction, spectrophotometry, PCR, and microarrays. Also, Gene Robinson led discussion of scientific implications of the BeeSpace project. The students also taste-tested several varieties of honey.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08: Thursday activities

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Students toured the Institute for Genomic Biology's neuroscience laboratory and engaged in a hands-on simulated microarray experiment. Reed Johnson discussed the emerging problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, and described what he and other researchers have learned about the problem and how they are using experiments and bioinformatics tools, such as the BeeSpace Navigator software, to learn more.

Published Date: June 28, 2008


EdWeek 08: Friday activities

Published Date:June 28, 2008

Friday featured an overview by Nick Naeger of actual BeeSpace experiments being conducted by members of the Robinson lab, as they seek to understand genetic components of bee dance language, pheromones, scouting, cross-species differences, defensiveness, navigation, nutrition, and circadian rhythms. Also, BeeSpace principal investigator Bruce Schatz spoke on the bioinformatics aspects and implications of BeeSpace. The students also visited the University of Illinois botanical gardens to observe pollinators in the field.

Published Date: June 28, 2008