The Big Bumblebee Discovery is creating a buzz!

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The Big Bumblebee Discovery is the first experiment in the ‘Great EDF Energy Experiment’, a five year programme in which EDF Energy, in partnership with the British Science Association, aims to inspire over 100,000 children, their parents and teachers to participate in a series of mass participation science investigations. The programme utilises a 'citizen science' approach – the method of using a large number of researchers to each collect a sample of data. 

The Big Bumblebee Discovery calls upon all budding young scientists to act as scientific researchers this summer by counting and recording the number, and different types, of bumblebees they spot in their garden, school playground or local park. The results will be used by scientific researchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to explore whether the diversity of bumblebees is affected by their surrounding landscape.

Teachers, parents and community groups can sign up at: http://www.beediscovery.org and students are being asked to collect and feedback data between June and August 2014.

Anyone who signs up to The Pod online resource to register interest in participating in the experiment will be able to get their hands on a range of great curriculum-linked teaching resources to make running the experiment simple and engaging. Resources include tracking charts, guides and lesson plans and there's an easy-to-use online data tool for students to add their observations. There's also a really fun game (no log in required) that can be used on either tablet or PC which challenges you to pollinate as many flowers as possible.

Furthermore, the first 3000 schools who sign up to take part in The Big Bumblebee Discovery will receive a lavender plant plus an engagement pack with posters, stickers, pencils, logbooks and more. Schools that register early will also have the chance to win a school visit from celebrity ambassador Dallas Campbell.

To sign up to the Big Bumblebee Discovery and find out more about ‘The Great EDF Energy experiment’, log onto www.beediscovery.org.