Sarah Cross

Sarah started her career working at entomology departments and science organisations around NZ identifying insects and biota in streams and pasture. For the past 10 years she has been focused purely on BEES! As a highly qualified and enthusiastic beekeeper she loves to show people the amazing world of bees and beekeeping. She has a vast array of knowledge around bees and pollination and can easily teach most STEM subjects using the bees, beehive or bee products as examples.

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Sarah Cross

Sarah runs a bee experience/education business Sarah Cs Bees, where she brings a very hands-on approach to bees and beekeeping. She comes equipped with an observation hive full of bees which everyone can view up close through the glass as well as beesuits, gloves and tools to play with and use on the empty beehive as practice.

Using bees, Sarah engages students in learning and asking questions about insect biology, eusocial society and how it differs from ours, how honeybees make wax and honey and what humans use it for, how beekeepers farm the bees, how our actions (pollution etc.) can harm the bees, what the bees do in terms of pollination and how important that is for the human race.

Regarding the STEM curriculum, there are loads of fun technology gadgets only beekeepers use, such as a smoker or a hive lifter. The bees themselves are fantastic architects using the strongest shape they know, the hexagon, as the building block for their lives. As Sarah has worked in the scientific field of Apiculture for many years, she has first-hand knowledge of how the science she helped discover has shaped the world of beekeeping and pollination in NZ and the world.

Sarah Cross

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We grew up outside, connected with the nature and believe that our kids should go outside too.

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"Unlike scientific community programmes that are expensive and require lots of investment, field work is done by individuals and is accessible to anyone. The skills gained during field work open up a huge area for everyone undertaking it."

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