Hacking the Bees

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Theatre Film and TV

Abstract

Hacking the Bees is a 12-month follow-on project that builds on Telling the Bees, engaging with new audiences, bringing drama, design, storytelling and the maker (or hacker) movement together to explore playful, immersive ways to understand global environmental issues and share future visions about bees and beekeeping.

Telling the Bees was a multi-institution, interdisciplinary AHRC Connected Communities funded project that examined the rich folklore, traditions and contemporary practices of beekeeping. Working with beekeepers, primary schools, storytellers, artists, designers, scientists, interested members of the general public, and community partner Tay Landscape Partnership (TayLP), it aimed to codesign 'Future Folklore' by repackaging scientific and environmental knowledge in new artefactual and narrative formats. The project was highly participatory, using knowledge of the past to gain new perspectives on the present and future of bees and beekeeping, and exploring the roles that making and storytelling can play in bringing groups together to generate and foster ideas. Outputs from the project included decorated wooden beehive boxes containing schoolchildren's imaginative and informative bee stories, and the Beespoon - a small copper spoon, 1/12th the size of a teaspoon, representing the amount of a honey a single honey bee can produce in her lifetime.

Hacking the Bees forms new partnerships with Growtheatre, a Sheffield-based community interest company dedicated to theatre inspired by the environment and landscape, and Explore York, a mutual benefit society that runs 17 libraries, learning centres and reading cafes in York. The project scales upwards and outwards from Telling the Bees, and responds to a series of needs and opportunities arising from the Telling the Bees workshops and events, and conversations with our Community Co-Investigators. Hacking the Bees builds upon the 'making as a way of thinking' approach of Telling the Bees by running a series of drama, making and storytelling workshops in primary schools in one of the most deprived parts of Sheffield. We will curate a week-long festival of bee-related workshops, artistic interventions and events at Explore York's venues, and the team will take the project to a number of national events and festivals. We will also redesign the Telling the Bees Beespoon installation as a kit that can be used by community groups, charities and educators; and we will explore new possibilities for turning the Beespoon into a commercial product, while investigating the logistical and ethical considerations inherent in such an enterprise.

Hacking the Bees connects with and addresses some of the findings and recommendations of the AHRC's Creating Living Knowledge Report (CLKR), which describes the challenges, methods and benefits of universities and communities working together. Most notably, the project is designed to foster collaborations and produce legacies that extend beyond the project's costed timeframe; there is no rigid distinction within the project between research and participatory engagement activities; and the project aims to build skills and experience in collaborative working amongst the project team, its staff and community-based participants.

Ultimately, Hacking the Bees will harness the power of making and imagination as a way to foster lifelong learning and provoke new conversations on the significance of the honey bee to the environment and society.

Planned Impact

The impacts from this follow-on project are expected to be numerous and diverse, but we envisage the main beneficiaries will include:
- Teachers, pupils and communities around Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools, Sheffield
- Communities served by Explore York's libraries, archives and engagement programmes
- The wider public attending national events where we have a presence
- Community groups and organisations that take part in the mobile Beespoon pilot
- Individuals, institutions, third sector and commercial sector organisations interested in commercialising co-produced arts and humanities research outputs

Impacts and benefits can be divided into 4 main strands:

1. Skills and Embodied Legacies
The project will benefit participants at our workshops and events. Conscious of the propensity for university projects to replicate and widen inequalities, the project is specifically focused on more deprived areas. Our work with primary schools will respond to their priorities for embedded outdoor learning, improving reading and verbal skills, and identifying and supporting independent learners. Long term, the project aims to raise confidence and aspirations amongst the pupils, and provide resources and techniques which can be used by the teachers and Community Co-I Rachel Newman (Growtheatre) in future years. In York, our festival programme of workshops, events and activities will respond to needs outlined by Community Co-I Dave Fleming (Explore York), including reducing digital exclusion, providing opportunities for intergenerational learning, and developing audiences in deprived areas by supporting their arts and making-based outreach programmes.

2. Knowledge and Cultural Enrichment
The project will benefit people that attend our York festival and other public engagement events by developing awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping for pollination, food security, environmental sustainability, as well as the benefits of keeping bees and promoting bee-friendly habitats. Our outputs are anticipated to be highly interactive, imaginative and artistic, providing culturally enriching experiences for audiences.

3. Extending Reach, Supporting 3rd Party Engagement
The project will benefit organisations involved in our pilot to repurpose the Beespoon installation as a mobile educational kit. These are anticipated to be 3rd sector, community and educational groups, such as local beekeeping associations, environment-focussed charities and educators. We will evaluate the success of our workshops in primary schools, assessing feasibility for wider adoption. These activities will significantly extend the reach of the project and could provide a long-term legacy well beyond the funded timeframe.

4. Sustaining Legacies
The project will benefit the AHRC and other funders, universities, 3rd sector organisations and commercial companies by exploring and reporting on the potential, methods and ethical concerns associated with commercialising community co-produced A&H research outputs. Our project worker and student intern will gain experience of participatory community work, supporting their studies, and increasing employability and their prospects for future collaborative research. There is potential to not only secure a self-sustaining legacy from the Telling the Bees and Hacking the Bees outputs, but to support and inform similar enterprises undertaken in future projects.

A co-produced Legacy Strategy document will set out aspirations, pathways, milestones and review dates for assessing and developing impacts and legacies. We will measure and evaluate impact using questionnaires, vox pops and brief semi-structured interviews, but we will also experiment with creative ways of tracking outputs (e.g. Beespoon kits) and documenting responses. This might include co-produced films and, reflecting our 'making as a way of thinking' approach, paper, digital, and artefact-based data gathering techniques.

Publications

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Title Design Fictions (schools) 
Description As part of the schools strand of the project, Year 5 pupils at Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools in Sheffield used 3D design software to a) produce 3D printed models of their futuristic design fictions for saving bees or living in a world without them; and b) flowers and pollen that might be specially adapted to support bees. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact To date the artefacts have been used at part of a schools day at York. Future plans include exploring the potential of the artefacts at York Literature Festival, and at the upcoming BBKA Spring Convention. 
 
Title Design Fictions Exhibition case 
Description The project developed an interactive exhibition wooden display cabinet to house 3D printed design fiction artefacts created from working with schoolchildren. The case includes an NFC reader and screen to intuitively play short videos associated with each 3D printed object. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact To date the exhibition case has been used once at a schools day in York to showcase children's work. Future plans will be to showcase the exhibition in other venues and events. 
 
Title PolliNation 
Description The project part-funded PolliNation, a community arts project in York led by artist Claire Douglas from York Learning (York City Council) to run over 10 free workshops during summer 2017, where local art classes, residential care homes, special needs schools, and members of the public used watercolour pencils to draw images of microscopic pollen on small wooden hexagons. Over the course of these workshops, over 470 hexagons were produced, which were then exhibited in York Explore Main Library for 2 months. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This product enabled considerable community engagement across York, and also promoted the wider project through its installation (with supporting documentation) in the main library in York. 
 
Title Short Films 
Description Project intern Amy Cornforth (undergraduate on Film and Television Production BSc, University of York) created short videos for the project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The videos are available online (two films yet to be signed off) and will be used at subsequent events (e.g. conferences, invited talks) to explain the project. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJZIa8czK24
 
Title The Beespoon Mk. II 
Description We developed a second iteration of the Beespoon, to be used as a 'Touring Beespoon' that could be borrowed by Beekeeping Groups and other organisations for interpretation events and festivals. We learnt from the earlier design and made adaptations to the Beespoon installation to make it more robust and intuitive to setup and use. We added different power supplies for different locations and added controls to adjust the flow of honey, to account for different weather conditions, and we redesigned the flower backdrop. We are developing the documentation and travel pack for the beespoon for testing. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The new and improved Beespoon has been used at several of our local and national public engagement events. As with the original Beespoon, it has worked well as an engaging and thought provoking installation that challenges people's perceptions and awareness of the role of honeybees and pollinators. 
 
Title The Interactive Hive 
Description The Interactive Hive is a small bee hive (cedar nucleus box) that contains 5 frames, one of which is a traditional beehive frame containing bees wax cells. The other 4 frames contain computer tablets that, when lifted out of the hive box, automatically play videos showing a hive inspection and a frame of bees. The artefact is accompanied by a set of interpretation cards. The Interactive Hive was created by YCCSA Summer School student (funded by University of York), supervised by Maxwell and collaborator Alison Dyke (Environment, University of York). The project supported the development of the Interactive Hive through funding the hardware and providing background information and context. The Interactive Hive represents a follow-on outcome from Telling the Bees. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The Interactive Hive has been taken to local schools and events (including the 2017 Manchester Science Fair). Local beekeepers have also expressed an interest in the artefact as a possible training tool. 
 
Title Yonder Honey 
Description Collaborator Julia Smith worked with Community Co-I Fleming and PI Maxwell to exhibit a photography exhibition (Julia Smith and Jim Poyner) on bees and pollination at York Explore's main library. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The photography exhibition formed part of a larger exhibition in York Explore's main library (with the PolliNation community arts project and product) as part of the Hacking the Bees project. This enabled a critical mass of project related creative material (i.e. present and future narratives about bees and pollination) being showcased, which ultimately increased the impact and awareness of visitors to the library. 
URL https://www.yonderhoney.co.uk/
 
Description This project is an impact and engagement follow on funding project and therefore most of the work and activities are focused on capitalising on outputs from previous project Telling the Bees (see extensive Engagement section). However, we have plans to extend the work completed with primary schools in Sheffield by applying the techniques and materials developed into an associated project with secondary schools, as well as sending the Beespoon around the UK and gathering data on its usage and success. As the project is still ongoing (end of project date 28/09/2018) more narrative impact will be provided in due course.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Being Human Festival
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of London 
Department School of Advanced Study
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Connected Communities Catalyst Fund Award
Amount £0 (GBP)
Funding ID R202080CF5 
Organisation University of East Anglia 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 04/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description University of York Student Internship Bureau Subsidy
Amount £720 (GBP)
Organisation University of York 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA) Summer School Scholarship
Amount £2,340 (GBP)
Organisation University of York 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description Alison Dyke 
Organisation Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Maxwell collaborated with Alison Dyke (SEI, University of York) to co-supervise a summer school student. Maxwell provided knowledge and the project provided materials for the design interventions created.
Collaborator Contribution Alison provided support to the student through supervision and an opportunity to present the work at SEI and at a local school science club.
Impact Artistic & Creative Products: The Interactive Hive. The collaboration was multi-disciplinary spanning design and environmental sciences.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Bee Buddies 
Organisation Bee Buddies
PI Contribution Bee Buddies is a charity in Scotland dedicated to educating children about bees. After forming a relationship during Telling the Bees, the project team is working with Bee Buddies to produce a bespoke version of the Beespoon for use in their educational activities.
Collaborator Contribution Bee Buddies will be extending the reach and impact of the project by deploying their version of the Beespoon installation in their educational work.
Impact This partnership is ongoing. Future outcome will be the Bee Buddies Beespoon.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Clumber Park 
Organisation National Trust's Clumber Park
PI Contribution The project has provided innovative interactive installations and activities for Clumber Park's visitors at key events.
Collaborator Contribution The Gardens team at Clumber Park have supported the project in making space available for the schools launch event at the park. We have also used the partnership to present the Beespoon at several of Clumber's events, including Gloworm Festival and British Flowers Weekend.
Impact Clumber Park directly supported several of our Engagement activities. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary, spanning design, drama, narrative and horticulture/environment.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Explore York 
Organisation Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd
PI Contribution Dave Fleming, Inclusive Arts and Media Coordinator, from Explore York is a Community Co-Investigator on the project. This enabled deep collaborative working, allowing us to bring the Sheffield schools to York and exhibit their work alongside the Yonder Honey photography exhibition, and integrated the project within many of Explore York's activities, including Hack Camps, the PolliNation community arts project, and the Summer Reading Challenge, reaching thousands of people.
Collaborator Contribution Explore York provided spaces, resources and staff time to deliver on some key project outcomes.
Impact Engagements include: Schools Trip York; PolliNation workshops; York Summer Reading Challenge; HackCamp; MuseHack. Artistic and Creative Products include: PolliNation and Yonder Honey exhibition.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Growtheatre 
Organisation GrowTheatre CIC
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Rachel Newman, co-founder and artistic director of Growtheatre, is a Community Co-Investigator on the project. Our partnership utilised Rachel's experience for delivering the schools activities and the performance-lecture for Being Human festival.
Collaborator Contribution Rachel led and delivered key activities in Strand 1 of the project, namely working with primary schools in Sheffield. Growtheatre also collaborated in reworking a performance piece for 2017 Being Human Festival.
Impact Engagement: Schools Workshops (Sheffield); Schools Trip (Clumber Park); Schools Trip (York); Being Human Telling the Bees Performance Lecture. Artistic & Creative Products: Design Fictions Exhibition case; Design Fictions (schools). Multi-disciplinary collaboration between drama, landscape archaeology, design, and education.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools 
Organisation Manor Lodge Primary School
PI Contribution A key strand of our project was working with two community primary schools in disadvantaged parts of Sheffield. We worked with the year 5 and executive teaching teams to deliver activities that both adhered to the project's aims and contributed to the children's learning.
Collaborator Contribution Both schools provided an open learning environment and direct support from teachers to deliver learning materials associated with the project.
Impact The Design Fiction artefacts (see Artistic and Creative Products section) are a direct output from this collaboration.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools 
Organisation Wybourn Community Primary School
PI Contribution A key strand of our project was working with two community primary schools in disadvantaged parts of Sheffield. We worked with the year 5 and executive teaching teams to deliver activities that both adhered to the project's aims and contributed to the children's learning.
Collaborator Contribution Both schools provided an open learning environment and direct support from teachers to deliver learning materials associated with the project.
Impact The Design Fiction artefacts (see Artistic and Creative Products section) are a direct output from this collaboration.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rebecca Marsland 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hacking the Bees worked with Marsland to deliver an engaging and innovative installation at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, showcasing the Beespoon.
Collaborator Contribution Marsland provided the opportunity and travel support for 3 project team members to attend the science festival and therefore to expand our reach to an additional audience.
Impact This collaboration resulted in the project's participation in the Edinburgh International Science Festival (see Engagement section). This was an interdisciplinary collaboration spanning design and social anthropology.
Start Year 2017
 
Description York Learning 
Organisation York Learning
PI Contribution The project provided a context for the summer 2017 York Learning arts programme, and provided inspiration and knowledge about honeybees, flowers and pollination to support the learning experience.
Collaborator Contribution Claire Douglas (community artist) from York Learning coordinated and led the Pollination community arts project, which resulted in a large display of 470 coloured hexagons.
Impact This collaboration led to the PolliNation exhibition (see Artistic & Creative Products section) and the PolliNation Private Viewing (Engagement section) and PolliNation workshops (Engagement section). This was an interdisciplinary collaboration spanning art, community engagement, and design.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Beespoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team took the Telling the Bees Beespoon installation to Kew Gardens in August 2017 as part of their Insect Adventure Camp. Maxwell also delivered a short talk about the project at 'The Hive' art installation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Being Human Telling the Bees Performance-Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact After gaining funding from the Being Human Festival, we reworked the Telling the Bees Performance-Lecture (previously developed for the Festival of the Mind in Sheffield as part of the Telling the Bees project) for a new audience in York.

At the Telling the Bees Performance-Lecture, around 55 audience members, including a large number of children, were treated to an interactive learning experience that consisted of: Elements of a traditional lecture led by Pillatt, drama performances led by young people and professional actors from Growtheatre, origami flower making at our Beespoon installation, candle-rolling and a video observation hive supported by a representative from York & District Beekeepers' Association.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/telling-the-bees/
 
Description British Flowers Weekend (National Trust Clumber Park) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We took the Beespoon to Clumber Park for British Flowers Weekend, reaching several hundred visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Edinbugh Evening Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in local press (April 12, 2017) relating to the Edinburgh International Science Festival installation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Edinburgh International Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Working in collaboration with Rebecca Marsland's ESRC Beelines project, we took the Beespoon installation to Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017, where we formed part of a large bee-themed exhibit (Large Honeybee Collider) for 3 days in the 'Experimentarium' at Summerhall , reaching several thousand people during the Easter school holidays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/edcma/news/2017/large_honeybee_collider
 
Description Gloworm Festival, Clumber Park 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team took the Telling the Bees Beespoon to Gloworm Festival at Clumber Park, which was attended by around 1200 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hack Camp, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Inventive young digital explorers let their imaginations run riot, blending tech with a bid to save the bees, at this one-day family event.
Members of the ongoing Muse Hack project showed off their skills to parents, while novices got their hands on arduinos, breadboards, coding, CAD software, the 3D printer, music sampling and other digital and traditional arts and craft resources.
Techies, coders, digital makers and artists, under the guidance of Digital media artists Dave Young and Paul Fothergill from Interact and Connect, guided the groups to play, experiment and create a garden of the future, focusing on the conservation of bees. Approximately 20 children and their parents took part in the event.
The project is recognised by York UNESCO city of media arts Digital Adventurers scheme to encourage and support children and young people in their creative and cultural pursuits and future careers in the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Kew Pollination Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Maxwell delivered a short talk about the project at Kew Gardens as part of the Defra Bees Needs week of events in July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team took the Telling the Bees Beespoon and the Interactive Hive to Manchester Science Festival, where we had stalls in the Manchester Printworks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/event/the-scienceworks/
 
Description Muse Hack, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Over 10 young people aged 10-14 worked with digi-makers Dave Young and Paul Fothergill from Interact and Connect over eight-weeks in Autumn 2017 using a York Explore established Muse Hack programme (drawing on making and hacking approaches to creatively explore digital making and music technology). This instance of the Muse Hack initiative was themed around bees, exploring and prototyping future technologies. The project is recognised by York UNESCO city of media arts Digital Adventurers scheme to encourage and support children and young people in their creative and cultural pursuits and future careers in the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description PolliNation Private Viewing (Explore York Library) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Pollination exhibit of over 470 individually designed and created pollen hexagons was launched with a private viewing at York Explore Main Library for around 40 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description PolliNation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hacking the Bees collaborated with community artist Claire Douglas from York Learning (York City Council) to run over 10 free workshops during summer 2017, where local art classes, residential care homes, special needs schools, and members of the public used watercolour pencils to draw images of microscopic pollen on small wooden hexagons. Over the course of these workshops, over 470 hexagons were produced, which were then exhibited in York Explore Main Library for 2 months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Schools Trip: Clumber Park 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We ran a day of activities at Clumber Park in May 2017 as an introduction to the project for Year 5 pupils at Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools in Sheffield.

Activities included drama, the Beespoon installation, an observation hive and discussion with beekeepers, as well as a map drawing activity designed to support the schools' maths and geography curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Schools Trip: York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We organised a day of activities for children from Manor Lodge and Wybourn Community Primary Schools to complete their role in the project. The pupils played drama games, engaged in group creative writing exercises, did some art and design activities, and were able to see their 3D printed artefacts on public display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Schools Workshops, Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The project ran a series of workshops in primary schools in Sheffield. At Manor Lodge School, 1 day workshops were spread across an entire half term. At Wybourn School, the workshops comprised a consolidated week of bee-themed activities.

With the aim of producing imaginative, futuristic designs for saving bees or coping in a world without them, the workshops included learning about bees through reading, writing, drama and web searching activities, design tasks including 2D and 3D prototyping, storyboarding, mood boards and roleplay. Pupils were also given the opportunity of producing 3D models using design software, which were then 3D printed.

At the end of the workshops, parents and guardians were invited to a special exhibit to view the pupils' creations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Social Media 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To support our events and appearances throughout 2017, we started a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. Now that the core delivery period has ended the Facebook page has since been deleted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/tellthebee
 
Description That's York TV report of Hack Camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Local TV channel "That's York" report of Hack Camp event (see Engagement section). Available on YouTube with 167 views as of 15 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLcQZTYUMgk
 
Description The Herald Scotland (newspaper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in local press (April 12, 2017) relating to the Edinburgh International Science Festival installation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact There is a project website containing information about project information, contact details, key events, and a short blog at www.tellingthebees.buzz
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.tellingthebees.buzz/
 
Description York Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article on the PolliNation project in the local press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15468795.We_need_to_talk_about_bees___/
 
Description York Summer Reading Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project ran 5 bee-themed workshops and drop-in sessions across 3 libraries in York. Activities included working with the Beespoon exhibit, storytelling, making artificial bee eyes, and learning about the waggle dance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017