Yesterday, Yale Bee Space members went out to Yale west campus to instal sensors on our bee hives. The sensors gather data on sound, humidity, temperature, and weight through the use of an Arduino and solar panels. We can now collect and analyze data about our bees and will hopefully make some great discoveries with our new smart hives!
Spring is coming, and it was time to check up on our bees out at Yale West Campus! Before Spring Break, Bee Space members went out to the hives to see how our colonies faired the winter. We found many happy (albeit angry that we had opened up there home) bees in both hives as well as lots of honey! We examined the frames, fed the bees, and can’t wait for warm weather, sensor installation, and honey harvest!
Today Bee Space members got together to finish our first handmade Warre hive! Early this morning we sanded and cut notches in our wood, and this afternoon we worked at the Yale Sustainable Food Project to varnish our wood with linseed oil to make a suitable home for our bees. Once the pieces dry, we’ll assemble the hive and be ready to adopt another hive come spring!
Yale Bee Space has some big plans under way discussed at our last meeting. The team is hoping to start a research project looking at temperature, weight, and humidity in our hives come spring and possibly starting projects with bee vaccinations against plant diseases and tracking bee movement using RFID chips.
Today at 4:30 in CIED, the club is holding an open google chat with the organization Open Source Beehives to get ideas for innovating and testing our own hives
Hope to see you there!
Today, the members of Yale Bee Space were busy as bees preparing for the rest of the semester. All day, members attended workshops run by Glen. Members learned to use software like Solidworks and Arduino to create virtual representations of potential hive designs, write code and practice building sensors to gather data from within the hives. At the end of the day, we began constructing a Warre hive to house our bees come spring!
Tonight, Yale bee space had its last meeting of its first semester as a club! But just because it is the end of the semester and the bees are bundled up for winter doesn’t mean things are slowing down, the members’ minds were abuzz all night with ideas for designs and specs of “smart hives:” beehives that will gather data (and honey) and serve as educational tools. The group is looking forward to next semester and are planning on building, designing, and installing hives as well as caring for our existing hives through the next few months!