School a buzz as hive arrives
IT WAS all sweetness and light at Main Arm Upper Public School last week with the makers of the revolutionary Flow Hive delivering one of their beehives.
The hive was donated by one of the student's parents, Dave Osborn, who volunteered his expertise in international patents to the hive's developers, Bee Inventive, in exchange for the donation of a hive for the small 80-pupil school.
"I have worked in the field of innovation all my life," Mr Osborn said. "It's wonderful to be a part of this local innovation and see it take the world by storm, and then be able to see it introduced here at our local school."
The students will use the honey for their Kids in the Kitchen cooking program as well as for honeycomb and wax for candles.
Father-and-son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson spent 10 years perfecting the Flow Hive design, which allows beekeepers to harvest honey without disturbing the bees.
The men then launched a crowdfunding project, looking for $70,000 to finish developing the hive.
They finished up raising more than $15.8m.
Most of the money was in the form of orders for frames or completed hives, and the next phase of the operation will be to meet those orders for 36,530 people around the world.
The head of IT and support at Bee Inventive, Yari McGauley, was at the school to site the new hive and will be helping students move the bees from their current home.
Mr McGauley will also be donating European bees, together with five child-sized bee protection suits and veils with the aim of enabling the students to learn the art of beekeeping.
"We sold hives to 142 countries and right now are in the middle of our delivery process," he said.