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Have the Finch imitate a bee waggle dance!
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INTERMEDIATE: Level 2
A bee waggle dance is how bees communicate the location of nectar sources to their fellow bees. It’s an amazing ability, well described in this short video.
In this exercise, have your Finch execute the waggling portion of the bee waggle dance. It should turn its tail about 30 degrees back and forth, then move forward about 10 cm, turn 180 degrees, and then turn its tail 30 degrees back and forth again.
ADVANCED: Level 3
Read the instructions for Level 2, but use repeat blocks to have the Finch repeat its dance multiple times.
Dress your Finch up as a bee! Be sure to use masking tape to attach things to your Finch. Do not use hot glue or duct tape.
Discuss the threats being posed to wild bee species across the world, and brainstorm how you may be able to help bees find food sources.