The Buzz about Bees

What is all the Buzz about?

Take your students on an electronic field trip to meet scientists working at the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory!


Students will learn more about the importance of bees and some of the research that is being done at the Honey Bee Lab. Explore the equipment and bee colonies that are paving the way for the future of apiculture.



Take your students on an electronic adventure and learn about all things honey bees! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to engage with University of Florida scientists from the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory and engage with them during a online, interactive experience.

Hey Honey, Bee Ready to Learn

Who? Middle and High School Students.

What? A live, free, interactive, electronic field trip to connect students with pollinators and scientists working at the University of Florida.

When? There are four options to tune in: Thursday, November 4th at 10 am and 2 pm EST and Thursday, November 18 at 10 am and 2 pm EST.

How? The electronic field trips are going to be streamed via Zoom for approximately 45 minutes.

Why? To learn all about pollinators, the work of scientists, and how pollinators impact our food supply!

honeycomb close up detail honey bee

Meet the Scientists

Amy Vu 

Amy Vu is the Extension coordinator for the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, where she oversees all Extension activities. She runs the University of Florida Master Beekeeper Program, the University of Florida Bee Colleges, UF IFAS Honey Bee Blog, speaker requests, media inquiries, and the lab’s social media pages.

Chris Oster

Chris Oster is the Lab Manager for the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. In this position he oversees all of the day-to-day operations that help to keep the lab running that help to keep the lab running including precuring materials to be used in in research, coordinating between HBREL and outside vendors, coordinating volunteers, and maintaining lab equipment.


Cameron Jack 

Dr. Cameron Jack is an Assistant Professor in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. Cameron seeks to improve the beekeeping industry through both instruction and research.

Jamie Ellis

Dr. Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Ellis has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. 

Meet the Team

University of Florida graduate students enrolled in the Fall 2021 project-based learning course
“AEC 5541: Instructional and Communication Technologies in Agriculture and Natural Resources”
work with Dr. Jamie Loizzo and subject matter experts to develop the electronic field trip.

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Teacher’s Guide

The Teacher’s Guide for ‘The Buzz about Bees’ EFT is coming soon!


Streaming Science

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