The Stinging, Building Crystal Narwhals

#8131
8131
Aurora, CO 80015
United States
We are a group of 1st and 3rd graders (4 boys and 2 girls) who are excited to learn and build. We worked hard to create our team name and logo together and we think it shows how fun and creative we are.
Team Research: 
We chose Grizzly Bears as our animal to research and are excited to learn about them, honey bees and the habitats they share! We have learned that honey bees have little pouches on their legs to hold the pollen. They also have two stomachs. Honey bees throw up into each other's mouths over and over in a chain from the outside of the hive to the honeycomb. They do this to add water and digest it along the way. Ms. Trina is a beekeeper who lives in our community. She came to one of our meetings and showed us an empty beehive that she kept in her backyard. It was empty because their Queen died and all of the bees left. We got to see and touch the honeycombs that were left and there were some baby bees left inside. We got to see her beekeeping clothes and she told us how it's important to stay calm if bees are on or near you. Her husband used the smoker to keep other bees away from her when a bee got inside of her shirt. The smoker kept them from smelling the warning scent that the bee who stung her put out! She brought us information about what kinds of plants and flowers to plant in our yards to help the bees! Grizzly bears like to climb trees. They can stop beekeeping operations. Grizzly bears like to wade in water and catch fish, but they are not good swimmers. They can stand up tall on their back legs. Grizzly bears can live in meadows and forests. Ms. Trina told us that sometimes beekeepers put electric fences up around their hives to protect them from grizzly bears. These bears don't live in Antarctica.
Show Me Poster: 
Model Picture: 
Our LEGO model includes: a cottage, a Grizzly bear, a honey bee, a tree, an electric fence, a river, a bee hive, grass, a bridge and a hidden narwhal. At first, we were going to try and make our bear’s legs move with our motor. Our motor was best at making things spin and this didn’t work for the bear. We ended up powering two items in our model with the motor: lights in the cottage and our honey bee. A switch turns both of them on at the same time. Now it looks like our honey bee is doing the wiggle waggle dance to tell each other where the food is! We came up with a list of ideas together as a team and then we voted on what was most important to include. We listened to Ms. Trina, we watched some videos about bees, bears and Bill Nye taught us about simple machines. We looked at the online showcase to see what other teams had done. We were inspired by another team to build the cottage. A narwhal is part of our team name and logo, so we thought it would be fun to hide one in the river, even though we know they really live in the Arctic Ocean. The electric fence is helping protect our bee hive from our Grizzly bear. The river is important because the Grizzly bear needs it for drinking water and to catch fish to eat. We included a tree and the grass because those are important parts of the habitats that honey bees and Grizzly bears share. Our poster shows the research we did about honey bees and Grizzly bears. It shows our team logo and some information about everyone on our team and our coaches. We would like to thank Ms. Trina for coming to teach us about bees and beekeeping, Georgia for helping at many of our meetings, Ms. Barbie for helping us with our poster, Wyatt for helping us with our model, a helper at the LEGO store for giving us ideas about how to stabilize our bee and to Ms. Nicole for helping at a couple of our meetings. We get to present what we have learned at an Expo in April!

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