At Ben’s Bees Displays, we believe everything we do should be inspiring, educational and entertaining. Of course, it helps when you have a fascinating subject matter that lends itself perfectly to practical presentations!
The earliest evidence of beekeeping is almost 9,000 years old, and honey was discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
We specialise in educational apiculture demonstrations for children of all ages. We know just how magical bees can be to a young person because we have experienced the same thing ourselves! Our goal is to deliver fun, engaging presentations that will inspire fertile minds to learn more about nature, science and the environment.
Bees are the most important pollinators on the planet, and are instrumental in producing one in every three mouthfuls of the food we eat!
Programs for our incursions are specially designed to suit the respective age group and offer a unique introduction to the amazing world of bees, featuring a range of practical components. Students can safely observe the intricate behaviour of live bees in a special observation hive.
Shows for early learning centres and kindergartens are presented in a way that young children will enjoy and understand, with a focus on interactive, tactile activities and just enough intriguing information to foster a sense of wonder in the natural world. We have three different, fun, educational demonstrations which are specifically tailored to early learning centres and kindergartens. These showcase a variety of beekeeping equipment, including protective clothing and the all-important bee smoker, and bee products such as beeswax, propolis and, of course honey! All students receive a free activity pack to take home, which includes fact sheets and a yummy sample of honey.
Australia has more than 1,500 species of native bees – the smallest is less than 2mm in length.
Our school programs delve deeper into the commercial and ecological importance of bees. We have a number of different presentations that can dovetail into existing curriculum and provide an absorbing perspective on science and the importance of conservation. Themes include:
· General ecology: the life cycle, diet and behaviour of honey bees.
· Adaptions and specialisations.
· Ecosystems; how plants and bees interact.
· The rich history of humans and honey bees.
· The significance of commercial beekeeping.
· The current decline of bees around the world.
· Threats; pests and diseases.
· The rising popularity of beekeeping as a hobby in Australia.
Bees are able to recognise human faces and can calculate and communicate distance and direction.
No matter how well-structured the demonstration, audience engagement and participation will naturally depend upon the skills and attributes of the presenter. We are passionate about what we do and this rubs off! Ben’s Bees have been featured on prime-time television on a number of occasions and in beekeeping training courses and videos, but nothing gives us greater satisfaction than to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery with a group of young students. And we will always strive to be inspiring, educational and entertaining.