We love honey here in the Junior Inventors office! It’s sticky, sweet, full of natural goodness and we thank our lucky stars that we have people brave enough to collect it for us! That’s why we’re delighted to share with you a huge breakthrough in the world of beekeeping that may change the process forever. We’re talking about the Flow Hive, an innovative new beehive that allows beekeepers to quickly and easily extract honey from the hive, removing much of the danger of getting stung in the process! It was created by Australian beekeeper Stuart Anderson and his son, Cedar.
The Flow Hive has split channels of partly-formed honey cells that allow the bees to build up their wax, with a tap that can be turned to extract the honey without disturbing the bees. Once the tap is turned back to it’s original position, it allows honey to build up in the cells once again. The Andersons estimate that each channel can hold up to 3kg of honey, while the entire Flow Hive can house up to 20kg. That’s a lot of honey!
Have a look at the video above to see the Flow Hive in action.
The Flow Hive is a fantastic example of innovation and invention in an effort to improve a difficult process. The honey extraction process in beekeeping comes with many complications (not to mention getting stung!) and the Andersons have gone a long way towards making it easier and better!
With this in mind, can you think of any process that needs improvement? Think of things like how rubbish is recycled, is there a better way to do this? Write down your ideas and consider the following:
- What’s wrong with the current process?
- What would you do differently?
- How would you make it better?
Have fun and don’t forget to send us in your ideas!