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Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent Bernadeia Johnson to kick off 'Honeybees and Humans' with visit to U of M Bee Lab today

U of M teaming with Minneapolis schools to bring kids together through nature and science

What: Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson will tour the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab as a kickoff to a new program for fifth-graders to learn about bees and each other

When: 3 to 4 p.m., TODAY, Monday, May 7

Who: Superintendent Johnson and MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant’ winner Marla Spivak, entomology professor at the U of M

Where: Southwest corner of Cleveland and Larpenteur avenues, on the U of M St. Paul campus

Contacts: Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552
Becky Beyers, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, bbeyers@umn.edu, (612) 626-5754
Rachel Hicks, Minneapolis Public Schools, Rachel.hicks@mpls.k12.mn.us, (612) 668-0227

May 7, 2012

As a kickoff to “Honeybees and Humans,” a new educational and social program for Minneapolis fifth-graders, Minneapolis superintendent Bernadeia Johnson will tour the University of Minnesota’s beekeeping area this afternoon to learn more about bees and current research.

She’ll tour the university’s beehives and research lab with entomology professor Marla Spivak, a world-renowned expert on bees and bee health.

Developed by education staff at the university’s Bell Museum of Natural History, “Honeybees and Humans” includes about 180 fifth-graders from Burroughs Community and Jefferson Community schools and will take place May 30 and 31 at the museum. During the workshop, students will use the study and exploration of honeybees as a platform for engaging with, and getting to know, their counterparts from schools with different demographics. The program is expected to expand in coming years to include more Minneapolis schools.

“Honeybees and Humans is a fascinating program that takes student learning far beyond the classroom,” said Johnson. “We are thankful for such a wonderful partnership that results in much needed hands-on experiences for our students.”

“The program was developed to translate cutting-edge university research on honeybees for elementary school students,” said Bell Museum Director Susan Weller. “We hope to inspire our next generation to explore STEM careers once they hear Dr. Spivak’s personal story about why she’s committed to helping bees.”

Tags: Bell Museum of Natural History, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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