8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

I want my kids to go to a school that has neuroscientist parents in to talk to the kids, that encourages them to build scientific models, and write papers for publication in peer-reviewed periodicals. Does such a thing exist in Ireland? Can we replace the catholic crap with this please?

A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new paper in Biology Letters, 25 8- to 10-year-old children from Blackawton Primary School report that buff-tailed bumblebees can learn to recognize nourishing flowers based on colors and patterns.

“We discovered that bumblebees can use a combination of colour and spatial relationships in deciding which colour of flower to forage from,” the students wrote in the paper’s abstract. “We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.”

(Wired)

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