A Grade 6 student from St Louis Elementary is hoping her knowledge on bees will earn her a trip to Ottawa.
Myah Shea was chosen to participate in the Young Citizens competition after placing in the Top 15 at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Charlottetown on May 2. Participants for the competition are selected from the thousands of students who take part in heritage fairs each year across the country.
Her Top 15 placement gave Ms Shea the opportunity to create a short video based on her heritage project to compete with all other provinces for a spot to be invited to the 2019 Canada History Forum in Ottawa.
Ms Shea’s heritage project is entitled Save the Bees and is all about the important role bees play in our environment, especially as pollinators.
“First thing you can do is leave them alone and let them work,” said Ms Shea about on how to go about protecting bees. “To help them, you can create a bee bath (similar to a bird bath) where you take a bowl, water and some twigs so they can drink out of it and then they can go back to pollinating.”
Ms Shea said she no idea what to do for a heritage project for her school fair, but after her mom, Jolene, did some research on the Internet and came across an extinction list, which included bees, she suggested doing her project on the insects.
It didn’t take long for Ms Shea to learn a lot about bees.
“They carry pollen in little sacks on the back of their legs and they actually go feed their babies and then go make honey for the other bees to eat,” she said.
Her research also included a trip to visit West Prince beekeeper Kenneth Lewis.
Ms Shea placed second at her school fair, which qualified her to go to the Provincial Heritage Fair, where she won two special prize awards along with placing in the Top 15.
It took two days to shoot and edit her video entry for the Young Citizens competition. It was also tough to condense the information she had on bees from her heritage project into a four minute video.
Wearing a Save the Bees shirt, Ms Shea’s video includes interesting facts like how honey bees came to North America packed on ice and shipped in straws for a three week journey.
Ms Shea’s video is available online for voting until July 1. The online vote will make up part of a student’s final score. Following the vote, judges will review the videos and select six recipients, who will travel to Ottawa for the Canada’s History Forum.
Ms Shea said she has learned a lot about bees thanks to her project.
“Bees are important to us,” she said. “That’s the No. 1 thing I’ve learned.”
To vote for Ms Shea’s video visit YoungCitizens.ca.