With the ability to view, in real time, the hive activity we could use the HIVEsense platform to remotely view our hives from within our classrooms - especially helpful during the winter semester.
Students would be able to view archived footage of bees in full production, while also viewing real time images of the hives in dormancy, and vice versa for Spring intake students. Remotely viewing the bee keepers (involved faculty) maintaining the hives in a real time environment would also be available.
After harvesting, samples of honey from the different hives will be given to the Biotech programme for chemical analysis. This will help to further reinforce to our students the concepts of food traceability and external factors (such as pesticide use and area flora (used for pollen and nectar harvest)).
The collected data could eventually be overlapped onto Google maps to show the flight patterns (based on nectar and pollen markers that would appear in chemical analysis) and the spread of bee colonies when foraging for nectar and pollen (estimated to be approximately a 5km radius). This will help to determine potential pesticide use and thus accumulation in the honey produced.
Real time hive activity (triggered by weather and motion detected by cameras) could be used to trigger news events using existing “If this then that” web platforms (example, if hive is active during a July afternoon and more than 1000 bees were monitored leaving the hives, then a Tweet could be sent from a twitter account (example @ACBees) stating “We’re busy making honey!”, equally if a hive was slowing production for the evening, then a tweet could be sent akin to “It’s quittin’ time.”.
The student / faculty learning resource focused on encompassing sustainable and student engagement would be blended in to one or more of our core courses (Theory of Food, (specifically preservation techniques), Nutrition and Food Management and Farm to Fork).
If we are able to collect data in a timely and meaningful manner, we could use this data to help increase hive production (and increase of honey supplies) plus we would be better equipped for future hive cooperation protocols (best place to place the hives to ensure optimal production and growth of the hives, etc.).