Even though they're small, bees need a certain amount of room to be able to accomplish their tasks in the hive to support their colony. That's why when Mr. Milne's beekeeping students are constructing bee boxes, they need to make sure they measure and cut accurately.
IDEA Junior Karlton Carroll said the sides of the bee box should be 16 ¼" by 20". "If they don't have the right living conditions, the bees will die," he explained. Students used pine because it's a softer wood and easier for bees to live in. After the frames of the bee boxes are complete, students will drill galvanized screws into the ends of each side to ensure that the sides are tight enough together that bees that don't belong in that colony can't come in.
Carroll said he joined the beekeeping club because, after being stung on multiple occasions, he wanted to learn about the positive side of bees. "I wanted to learn how they reproduce and how they live, how people take care of them, and why they sting us," he explained. "I know now that they only sting if they think we’re interfering with their home."
While the club is planning to construct several basic bee boxes, after IDEA receives bee colonies to inhabit the boxes, students can add on levels to the boxes if the colonies grow and need more space to thrive. "It’ll be fun," Carroll said. "We will have to work together to take care of the bees. They need bigger living conditions to reproduce. We want more bees so we've got to make them."