GRANITE CITY, Il. (KMOV.com) -- At the Metro East Montessori School in Granite City, stem learning is taking students out of the classroom to get hands on experience working with bees.
At a farm in Troy, Ill., students take on a variety of tasks.
One student was on smoker duty while two others removed frames to inspect the hive.
Another student used a brush to move bees out of the way.
Students found hive beetles in the hives, which would eat everything inside, but destroyed them before any damage was done.
Metro East Montessori School teacher, Carrie Herndon, said it’s easy for kids to get excited about this kind of stem learning.
"The kids seem to enjoy stem a lot. Sometimes they just come in and start working. I don't have to tell them to get moving on their projects,” Herndon said. “Or it’s really fun to hear them come to school in the morning and tell me they have a new idea, which is what happened about ten seconds ago. It’s neat to see that."
The school uses bees in biology and chemistry lessons, and next year, students will collect honey and bees wax to make chapstick and candles.