BBC micro:bit – bees and pollination

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The BBC micro:bit is a great tool for carrying out surveys that involve quickly counting and recording one or two variables. Using the button inputs provides a simple interface to the device allowing, for instance, quick tallying of the numbers of two different types of bee around a plant. Other examples might include counting student responses to a two-variable question in the classroom, carrying out quadrat surveys, data related to fruit-fly experiments, and haemocytometer counts.

This resource includes background information on bees and other insects. It also includes prompts for setting suitable questions for field research, how to program the BBC micro:bit to use as a data collection tool, and how to analyse the resultant data to draw conclusions. 

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