A bee story

A bee story

Eight-year olds may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal:

“We discovered that bumblebees can use a combination of colour and spatial relationships in deciding which colour of flower to forage from,” the students wrote in the paper’s abstract. “We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.”

Also discovered:

The paper itself is well worth reading. It’s written entirely in the kids’ voices, complete with sound effects (part of the Methods section is subtitled, “‘the puzzle’…duh duh duuuhhh”) and figures drawn by hand in colored pencil.

The storytelling is something we might learn from, right from the opening, “Once upon a time …”