For ages 11-14: Land, water and bees - don't take us for granted

In the 11–14 age range, students will explore the issues surrounding our common but precious resources – land, water and bees. They will start by investigating their own ecological footprint via the food they eat.

Students will grow plants hydroponically and discuss the pros and cons of this method of agriculture. They will look at local and global water use, and explore bee health through video, discussion, a survey and activities linked to pollinators.



Water resources are finite, while the human population is growing fast, and with it our demand for water to grow food. How can we produce enough food to ensure food security while conserving our environment?

This investigation uses a simple DIY hydroponics unit as a focus to explore how food plants can be grown in a small space, and to enable students to investigate what substances plants need to grow well in a study that they can plan themselves if desired.

Hydroponics resources

    Teacher notes
    Technician notes
    Student activities
    Hydroponics and vertical farming video transcript
    Hydroponics powerpoint
    Hydroponics in the lab
    Hydroponics and vertical farming
    Hydroponics in the lab video transcript
    Delivery Guidance Hydroponics

Bees and their pollinating partners

Bees are vital in many ecosystems, including those on which humans rely. In recent years bee populations in this country and around the world have declined.

Scientists warn that 71 of around 267 bee species are threatened and more than 20 have already become extinct. Data is vital if we are to preserve them. This practical investigation involves collecting data on bees locally, with the opportunity to compare results from schools in other areas or in other seasons.

Bees resources

    Teacher notes
    Technician notes
    Student activities
    Bees in the ecosystem powerpoint
    Bees Needs
    Delivery Guidance Bees

11-14 Additional resources

    Secondary 11-14 Teachers Guide
    Teacher notes Disappearing honeybee
    Teacher notes Ecological footprint
    Teacher notes Food web game
    Teacher notes Healthy diet
    Teacher notes Hydroponics vertical farming
    Teacher notes Need a drink
    Technician notes Need a drink
    Student activities Disappearing honeybee
    Student activities Ecological footprint
    Student activities Food web game
    Student activities Healthy diet
    Student activities Hydroponics in the lab
    Student activities Hydroponics results table
    Student activities Hydroponics vertical farming
    Student activities Need a drink
    Ecological footprint
    Healthy diet
    More to explore Bees
    More to explore Water

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