What you can expect from each lesson. After ordering, full curriculum download will be provided to you starting August 10th, 2020.
We recommend 1 Hive Explorer Set for each group of 3 students to complement the lessons.
Module 1 (90 minutes)
Introduction to Insect Farming
Understanding how Hive Explorer works, getting to know its characteristics and how to use it to farm mealworms efficiently.
materials needed: Hive Explorer Set. We recommend 1 set for each group of 3 students.
Module 2 (120 minutes)
Learn about the concept of systems, and how understanding them is an integral part of sustainability. We will also take a look into how the Hive Explorer 2.0 is a part of systems - you can make it a crucial one in your home!
𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥: Hive Explorer, markers/pencils, magnifying glass, petri dishes, towels, surface cleaner
Module 3 (120 minutes)
Insect Growing Technologies
Gain an understanding of Insect Growing Technologies (IGT) and how they are used to tackle sustainability issues. Acquire knowledge about the relevant outputs and inputs and explaining biotic and abiotic considerations when designing IGT.
𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥: Hive Explorer, calculator, recycled cardboard boxes, markers, poster paper, tape, glue, scissors
Module 4 (120 minutes)
Food Waste Processing
In this lesson we focus on the food waste processing in general, and take a closer look into Bokashi Fermentation. The link between sustainability and food waste processing is strong and we will explain why!
𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥: Bokashi bin, Bokashi inner lid, Bokashi inner platform, Bokashi spigot, molasses, Bokashi EM powder, rice bran, cups, electronic measuring scale, water weighing container, scoops, beakers, stirring rod, deionized water, towels, surface cleaner, plastic trash bags
Module 5 (120 minutes)
Food Waste Processing 2
Learn how to process the food waste and maintain a Bokashi Bin. Take a look at the inputs and outputs of the Bokashi Bin that we have set previously. What could you use them for? Let's find out!
materials needed: food waste, chopping board, knife, towel, surface cleaner
Module 6 (120 minutes)
Design Future Foods Concept
Learn about other sustainable communities and how community-driven reforms can change the world around us. Ever wanted to know how to take a large-scale environmental issue and break it down into a more manageable strategy? In this lesson we will learn how to do that!
materials needed: pens, worksheets
Module 7 (120 minutes)
Tiny, yet potent world of microalgae
Exploring microalgae and their many uses. Ever thought poop is useless? Wrong! We will take the ouput of the Hive Explorer 2.0, and grow our own microalgae in photobioreactors and investigate some of their basic properties.
materials needed: concentrated microalgae solution, mealworm frass, extension chord, graduated cylinder, scale, stirring rod, sieve, towel, mixing cup, cleaning solution, clear bottle, air stone, air hose, hydroponic sponge, hose connector, air pump
Module 8 (120 minutes)
Purifying Qualities of Microalgae
Further investigate the uses of microalgae and link them to sustainability. Did you know they can remove CO2 from the air? Pretty cool.
materials needed: light microscope, CO2 meter, glass slides, pipettes, slide covers, towel, surface cleaner, PBR with and without microalgae
Module 9 (120 minutes)
Cooking with Mealworms
Learn how to design a mealworm burger and calculate its environmental impact. Prepare to excite your taste buds with the meal you will prepare!
materials needed: 3-4 types of protein, 1-2 types of binding agent, 2-4 types of oil, 5+ seasoning options, 7+ toppings, stove, gas, food processor, measuring cup, mixing bowls, spatula, pans, measuring spoons, towels, cleaning solution
Module 10 (120 minutes)
Grow Healthy Food with Mealworm Dung
Test the effects of using mealworm poop as fertilizer for microgreens. Set up a microgreen growth tray, and construct a growth chamber. Growing greens is not just for grandmas, its way too much fun!
materials needed: mealworm poop, LED light, light socket connector, light connector, timer for light, mesh, rectangular glass container, extension cord, packing tape, electronic weight scale, recycled cardboard, graduated cylinder, beaker, hydrogen peroxide 0.3%, ruler, scissors, permanent markers, paper tape, spray bottle, AAA battery, fine sieve, worksheets, towel, cleaning solution
Module 11 (120 minutes)
Design Future Food Concept
Continue working on your future food restaurant concept and present your final idea to your peers with a convincing pitch!
materials needed: pens, worksheets
Module 12 (120 minutes)
Learn about the health benefits of incorporating microgreens into your diet. Of course, designing and cooking them included!
materials needed: mix of fruits and vegetables, paper boats, paper sporks, paper cups, blender, scissors, chopping board, kitchen knife, salad, spinner, towel, cleaning solution
Module 13 (90 minutes)
Coding with Hive Explorer
Learn some basic coding that you can use to improve the conditions of your hive. Experiment with changing conditions in the Hive and observe which conditions do mealworms enjoy the most.