Register your school: Bees with Backpacks Design Challenge 2020 (deadline: 11th September)

September 2nd, 2020

In a partnership between us, Bendigo Tech School, Victoria State Government Department of Education and Training, and sponsorship from Telstra, selected Tech Schools are inviting young designers, coders and makers in Years 5-10 + VCAL to join a global project to save bees from extinction. 

This design challenge enables students to explore the issue of bees and food security and to create and promote bee friendly environments.

The challenge is supported with a comprehensive learning program co-designed by Tech Schools, our team and local beekeepers. These learning and assessment materials are aligned with Victorian Curriculum STEAM subjects and will give students the necessary insights and background information to confidently approach the design challenge.

Students will learn about the science of bees and bee colonies, environmental factors that affect hive health and discover our smart hive technologies. Using bee data from the our Bees with Backpacks project, students will analyse and draw conclusions about bee movements from local
beehives.

Stay tuned for the key upcoming dates:

STAGE 1 – Registration: Submit your Team Registration by 11 September 2020 (Check with your participating Tech School for details on how to register)

STAGE 2 – Entry Submission: Submit your Team Entry by 9 October 2020

There are three components to the competition submission:

  1. Images of the group’s bee friendly environment prototype
  2. Links or digital files for the campaign presentation
  3. A written team reflection on each stage of the project design process in which students evaluate what they contributed in their individual and team roles and how they have applied STEAM skills (maximum 500 words per section or 2 x single sided A4 pages including images).

Below is a recording of an immersion session about this challenge run by all the key partners for students and teachers across Victoria. You can also learn more about the challenge on the Bendigo Tech School website.

For more information, visit the Bendigo Tech School website.


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