One of the most popular exhibits at the Sciencenter is our Honey Bee colony. As any museum with a hive knows, visitors love to check in on these busy little insects hard at work. For the 21-Tech project, we’ve harnessed our guest’s natural inclination to observe these animals by providing some extra prompts. A few found images from the internet make for an easy way to help answer visitor questions and show them some special behaviors. In the bee folder (under photos) on every iPad, we have pictures of swarms, full pollen baskets, queens, eggs, royal jelly, larvae, native plants, and more. We also use video to show-off unusual or special “bee-havior”, like slow-motion shots of bees collecting pollen, bee dances, and worker bees keeping the hive warm.
App Description: The free Antenna Farmer interactive magazine provides a few fun pages about feeding behavior, anatomy, flight, and beekeeping.
How We Use It: We use the pages in this app to encourage visitors to take a closer look at our bees and to help answer visitor questions. The photographs are high quality, and beautiful and the interactive features, though simple, are intuitive. We’ve even made a matching game out of the highlight-able guide to anatomy!