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When research is published, it often is the result of carefully planned studies conducted by credentialed and respected scientists. A report published by the journal Biology Letters was written by a group of 8 to 10 year old students from an English elementary school represents a “genuine advance” in the field of insect color and pattern vision. Working with a neuroscientist from University College in London, the students carefully laid out a research plan and then thoroughly discussing the data they collected.

The group trained bees to go to different colors and patterns by rewarding them with sugar. The bees where able to learn and remember cues based on color and pattern. The presentation was slightly unconventional because it was contained amusing phrasing and diagrams drawn with colored pencil. Though a bit unconventional, scientists who reviewed the research said though it was modest and lacked statistical analysis, the study was correctly and cleverly designed. One scientist said she hoped the project could inspire people to approach science in a way that that was creative and fun. The students apparently enjoyed the work. Their final comment read, "We like bees. Science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before."

Science Journal Publishes Study By 8-Year olds,

--http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132257566; December 22, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

1 Timothy 4:12 (HCSB) “Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

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