Honey Bees, Media, and Engineering

November 11, 2019

Charleston Ford, a computational media major, grew up producing YouTube videos of him and his friends skateboarding. Video editing and its capability to tell a story in a way that can change people’s perspectives on real world events have always fascinated his Ramblin’ Research production teammate and friend, computer engineering major, Cameron Davis.

Ramblin’ Research, one of our student-produced shows, has been part of GTCN’s original programming lineup since 2011. Each team that has produced it has been able to learn first-hand about Georgia Tech’s different types of investigative work. This time Cameron suggested and Charleston agreed that their first two episodes would be about Dr. Jennifer Kraft Leavey’s interdisciplinary educational initiative, the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project.

Cameron learned about Dr. Leavey’s project while browsing Tech’s Vertically Integrated Projects website where he found out about the Bee Snap team. Being aware of the need to protect honeybees, he welcomed the opportunity to create more awareness about her work.

“Working with Dr. Leavey, I could feel a genuine passion for preserving our local ecosystem. I love the work she is doing to foster a healthy environment on campus for our most important pollinators, and I was glad to be a part of the broader initiative to bring attention to the problems they face going forward!,” expressed Cameron.

For Charleston, it was the perfect opportunity to start applying his video skills here at Tech and during the process, he was introduced to the current honeybee’s perilous situation and to what we all can do to aid them.

“Filming the Urban Honey Bee Project made me realize how serious of an issue honeybee extinction is, Charleston explained. “Seeing the effort Dr. Leavey and her colleagues are putting in made me want to do my part in preserving the species and in making sustainable habits in general.”

You can learn more about what Georgia Tech is doing to nurture honeybees, their importance beyond pollination: what is distressing them, and what you can do to help increase their health on the Ramblin’ Research Urban Honey Bee Project episodes.  Students living on campus can watch this and all Ramblin’ Research episodes on our in-house 4.1 and 4.2 channels. It is also available on our YouTube channel.

Watch the Urban Honey Bee Project episodes here: