Can AI Predict Beehive Health?

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 2
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Heather Nicholson  
Dr. Laura Jacob  

This project utilizes AI to predict beehive health. Equipped with RPi computers and cameras, students learn to “teach” the computer to identify bees entering a hive and analyze the data to make predictions on beehive health. The project will share resources for attendees to replicate in their own school systems.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Facilitate equitable use of digital learning tools and content that meet the needs of each learner.
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery and allow students to demonstrate their competency.
Digital Citizen Advocate
  • Inspire and encourage educators and students to use technology for civic engagement and to address challenges to improve their communities.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As a result of this poster session, participants will be able to:
- Establish a Raspberry Pi AI Program for student work
- Teach students the importance of pollinators and the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder on the honeybee
- Teach students the basics of artificial intelligence

Supporting research

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Heather Nicholson, California Area School District

Heather Nicholson is a K-12 Learning Coach of California Area School District. She led the start of the district’s first no-grades, no-grade levels, personalized learning cohort of students. She has a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been teaching for 24 years.

Dr. Laura Jacob, California Area School District

Laura Jacob is the Superintendent of California Area School District. She is passionate about lifelong learning and creating innovative learning environments from traditional school systems.

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