The Diverse Classroom and Bees

My name is Brittney Oden and I am the educator and founder of The Diverse Classroom. I teach 7/8th grade self-contained special ed and am passionate about bringing the world into my classroom through science. Two years ago I invited ASU instructional coaches into my classroom to observe a lesson about bees. From that experience I was invited to present at ASU’s iTeachELL Stem Camp about my lesson. The next summer I presented specifically on problem-based learning in special ed. My first problem-based learning unit with my students was based on bees and how we could support our local bee population. Come join me as I walk you through our journey as my students learned about a real-life problem in our community and the solutions we explored as a class.

You can find all my resources at

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Diverse-Classroom or on facebook. I love to help any educators whether formal or informal. Please feel free to reach out to me at thediverseclass@gmail.com. I can help with anything from planning and implementing problem-based learning, come train your team on a number of science curriculum, help get your program up and running or connect you with resources

brittney odenBrittney Oden will bee speaking at the 2018 Arizona Honeybee Festival on November 10. She currently teaches 7-8th grade special education. She is passionate about bringing science to her students and helping all educators incorporate science into their daily instruction to support diverse learners in their own classrooms. Brittney presented at the ASU iTeachELL Stem Camp in 2017 and 2018. She has organized her district’s special education science fair for the last two years. Brittney recently earned the title of ASTA Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award for 2018.

Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu’s Publications

Selected Publications

Wang, Y., Kaftanoglu, O., Brent, C. S., Page, R. E., Jr. and Amdam, G. V. (2016). Starvation 

stress during larval development facilitates an adaptive response in adult worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) J. Exp. Biol. 216, 949-959 doi:10.1242/jeb.130435

Wang Y., Campbell, JB, Kaftanoglu O, Page RE Jr, Amdam GV, Harrison JF (2016) Larval  

starvation improves metabolic response to adult starvation in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)Journal of Experimental Biology 2016 219: 960 968; doi: 10.1242/jeb.136374

De Souza DA, Wang Y, Kaftanoglu O, De Jong D, Amdam GV, Gonçalves LS, Tiago M. 

Francoy TM (2015) Morphometric Identification of Queens, Workers and Intermediates in In Vitro Reared Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0123663 April 20, 2015

Wang Y, Kaftanoglu O, Fondrk KM, Page RE. (2014) Nurse be behaviour manipulates worker 

honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) reproductive development. Animal Behavior. 92:253-261

Hladun, KR., Kaftanoglu, O., Parker, DR., Tran, KD., Trumble, JT. (2013). Effects of selenium on development, survival, and accumulation in the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 32(11):2584-2592 

Siegel, AJ., Kaftanoglu, O., Fondrk, MK., Smith, NR., Page, RE. (2012). Ovarian regulation of foraging division of labor in Africanized backcross and pollen pollen-hoarding. Animal Behavior. 83(3):653-658

Linksvayer, TA., Kaftanoglu, O., Akyo,l E., Blatch, S., Amdam GV., Page RE. (2011) Larval and nurse worker control of developmental plasticity and the evolution of honey bee queen-worker dimorphism. J. of Evolutionary Biology 25(2):416-416 DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02452.x

Linksvayer, TA., Kaftanoglu, O., Akyo,l E., Blatch, S., Amdam GV., Page RE. (2011) Larval and nurse worker control of developmental plasticity and the evolution of honey bee queen-worker dimorphism. J. of Evolutionary Biology 24(9):1939-1948. DOI: 10.111/j.1420-9101.2011.02331.x

Kaftanoglu, O., Linksvayer TA, Page RE. (2011) Rearing honey bees (Apis mellifera in vitro: 1. Effects of sugar concentrations on survival and development. J. of Insect Science 11(96)

Mutti NS, Wang Y, Kaftanoglu O, Amdam GV (2011) Honey Bee PTEN-Description, Developmental Knockdown,  and Tissue-Specific Expression of Splice-Variants Correlated with Alternative Social Phenotypes. PLOS ONE 6(7): Article Number; e22195. DOI: 10.1371/journal pone.0022195

Graham AM., Munday, MD., Kaftanoglu, O., Page, RE., Amdam, GV., Rueppell, O. (2011). Support for reproductive ground plan hypothesis of social evolution and major QTL for ovary traits of Africanized worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) BMC Evolutionary Biology 11(95) DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-95

Kaftanoglu, O., Linksvayer, TA.,  Page, RE.(2010) Rearing honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in vitro: effects of feeding intervals on survival and development. J. of Apicultural Research  49(4):311-317

Rueppell, O., Kaftanoglu, O., Page, RE (2009) Honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers live longer in small than in large colonies. Experimental Gerontology 44(6-7):447-452. DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2009.04.003

Linksvayer, TA., Rueppell, O., Siegel, A., Kaftanoglu, O., Page, RE., Amdam GV. (2009) The Genetic Bases of  Transgressive Ovary Size in Honeybee Workers. Genetics 183(2): 693-707

Wang, Y., Amdam GV., Rueppell, O., Walrichs, MA., Fondrk, MK., Kaftanoglu, O., Page RE. (2009) PDK1 and HR46 Gene HomologsTie Social Behavior to Ovary Signals. PLOS ONE 4(4) Article Number: e4899 DOI: 10.1317/journal pone.0004899

Akyol, E. Yeninar, H., Kaftanoglu, O. (2008) Live weight of queen honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) predicts reproductive characteristics. J. of the Kansas Entom. Soc. 81(2):92-100Wallrich

Patel, A., Fondrk, M.K., Kaftanoglu, O., Emore, C., Hunt, G., Frederick, K., Amdam, G.V. (2007). The Making of a Queen: TOR Pathway Is a Key Player in Diphenic Caste Development. PLoS ONE 2(6): e509. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000509

Eldeniz, Cankaya, N., Kaftanoglu, O. (2006). An investigation on some diseases and parasites of bumblebee queens (Bombus terrestris L) in Turkey. Pakistan J. Of Biol. Sciences. 9(7):1282-1286

Popova, M., Silici, S., Kaftanoglu, O., Bankova, V. (2005) Antibacterial activity of Turkish propolis and its qualitative and quantitative chemical composition. Phytomedicine, 12(3):221-228.

Sahinler, N., Kaftanoglu, O. (2005). Natural product propolis: chemical composition. Nat Prod Res. 19(2):183-188.

Şahinler, N. Kaftanoğlu, O. (2005). The effects of season and honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) genotype on grafting rates and royal jelly production. Turkish J. of Vet. And Anim. Sci. 29(2):499-503

Ergin C., Ilkit, M., Kaftanoglu, O. (2004) Detection of Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Mycoses  47:431-434

Dasgan, H. Y., Ozdogan, A.O., Kaftanoglu, O., Abak, K. (2004). Effectiveness of bumblebee pollination in anti-frost heated tomato greenhouses in the Mediterranean Basin. Turk. J. of Agric. For. 28:73-82

Akyol, E., Yeninar, H., Kaftanoglu, E., Ozkok, D. (2003). Determination of Aggressiveness behavior of  some pure and reciprocal crosses of honeybee genotypes in different seasons. Uludag Bee J. 3:38-40 

Güler, A., E. Akyol, M. Gökçe, O. Kaftanoğlu. (2002).The Discrimination of Artvin and Ardahan Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) By Morphological Characteristics. Turkish J. of Vet. And Anim. Sci.  26: 595-60353. 

Kaftanoglu, O. (2001). The consept of honeybee (Apis mellifera) races and race preference. Uludag Bee J. 1(3):11-20

Yeninar, H., Duchateau, MU., Kaftanoğlu, O., Velthuis, H. (2000). Colony developmental patterns in in different local populations of the Turkish bumble bee Bombus terrestris dalmatinus.  J. Apic. Res. 39(3-4):107-116

Palmer, M.R., Smith, D.R., Kaftanoglu, O., 2000. Turkish honeybees: Genetic variation and evidence for a fourth lineage of Apis mellifera mtDNA. J of Heredity 91(1): 42-46.

Kaftanoglu, O., Akyol, E., Yeninar, H. (2000). Effects of juvenile hormone analog on the development time and the quality of queen honeybees (Apis mellifera). Proc. 2nd  Int.  Conf.  on Africanized honey bees and bee mites. Edited by Erickson, Page and Hanna. Pp 351-3357. The A.I. Root Co. Medina, Ohio.

Kaftanoglu, O., Yeninar, H. (2000). Effectivenes of formic acid plates on the control of Varroa jacobsoni and chalkbrood disease (Ascosphaera apis) in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Proc. 2nd  Int.  Conf.  on Africanized honey bees and bee mites. Edited by Erickson, Page and Hanna. Pp 308-314. The A.I. Root Co. Medina, Ohio.

Terzo, M., Kaftanoglu, O., Rasmont. P. (1999). Biogeographie du genre Ceratina Latreille dans la Cukurova et ses environs immediats (Turquie) (Hymenoptera:Apoidea). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (N.S.) 35(suppl.) : 328-332

Akyol, E., Kaftanoglu, O. (2001). Colony characteristics and performance of Caucasian (Apis mellifera caucasica) and Mugla (Apis mellifera anatoliaca) bees and their reciprocal crosses. J. Of Apic. Res. 40(3-4) 11-15

Kaftanoglu, O., (2000). Faunistics and diversity of bumblebees. In Sommeijer, M.C., Ruijter, A. de., Eds. Insect Pollination in Greenhouses: Proc. of the Specialists’ Meeting. Sosterberg, The Netherlands; 2000; 73-81.

Güler, A., Kaftanoglu, O., Bek, Y., Yeninar, H. (1999) Determination of the morphometric characteristics of important honeybee  (Apis mellifera L.) races and ecotypes in Turkey. Tr. J. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 23:337-343

Güler, A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1999). The morphometrics of the important honeybee  (Apis mellifera L.) races and ecotypes in Turkey.-I. Tr. J. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 23(3):565-570

Güler, A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1999). The morphometrics of the important honeybee  (Apis mellifera L.) races and ecotypes in Turkey -II. Tr. J. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 23(3):571-575

Güler, A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1999). The performance of the important honeybee  (Apis mellifera L.) races and ecotypes under migratory beekeeping conditions in Turkey. Tr. J. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 23(3):577-581

Güler, A., Korkmaz, A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1999). Reproductive characteristics of Turkish Honeybee (Apis mellifera ) genotypes. Hayvansal Uretim 39-40:113-119

Kaftanoglu, O., Yeninar, H., Kumova U., Özkök, D. (1997) Epidemiology and control of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) diseases in Turkey. Final Report. 93 pp. TÜBİTAK Project No: VHAG-925, TÜBİTAK Publication No: 92-0054, Ankara

Genç, F., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1997) The effects of the hive type and wintering methods on the winter losses of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies in the Erzurum conditions.  Tr. J. of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 21(1):1-8

Smith, D.R., Slaymaker, A., Palmer, M., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1997) Turkish honey bees belong to the east Mediterranean mitochondrial lineage. Apidologie 28:269-274.

Kaftanoğlu, O., Tanyeli, A. (1996) The use of royal jelly during treatment of childhood malignancies. Int. Conf. on Bee Products: Properties, Applications and Apitherapy. Pp: 179-183. Edited by, Mizrahi and Lensky  Plenum Press, NY and London 269 pp

Şahinler, N.K., Kaftanoglu, O. (1996) Effects of queenlessness, feeding and the age of the larvae on the production of royal jelly. Int. Conf. on Bee Products: Properties, Applications and Apitherapy. Pp: 173-178. Edited by, Mizrahi and Lensky  Plenum Press, NY and London. 269 pp

Kaftanoğlu, O., Biçici, M., Yeninar, H., Toker, S., Güler, A.(1992)  The effects of formic acid on Varroa jacobsoni and chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis) disease in honeybee (Apis mellifera L) colonies. Doğa-Tr.J.of Veterinary and Animal Science 16(415-425) (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Şahin, A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1992) Effects of juvenile hormone analogue application on the development  and the cocoon yield of the silkworm (Bombyx mori L) Larvae.  J. of Sci. and Eng. 5(2):117-129

Kaftanoğlu, O., Kumova, U. (1992) The effects of rearing season on the quality of honeybees  raised under Çukurova region  conditions. Doğa . Turkish. J. of Veterinary  and Animal Science. 16:569-577.(In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Arslan, S., Kaftanoğlu, O.(1991) A study of the supplemental feeding of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies under Çukurova region conditions. Ç.Ü. J.of .Science and Eng. 5(1):35-42 (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Kumova, U., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1987) The effects of several insecticides and acaricides on honeybees (Apis mellifera)  and the possibility of  using them for the control of Varroa jacobsoni . Ç.Ü. J.of Science and Eng. 1(1):5-19, (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Gül, M.A.,  Kaftanoğlu, O. (1990) Effects of grafting techniques on the quality of queen bees (Apis mellifera L.) raised under Çukurova Region Conditions.  Ç.Ü. J.of .Science and Eng. 4(2):41-53 (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Kutlu, M.A., Kaftanoğlu, O. (1990) A study on the distribution and infection rate of Nosema (Nosema apis) disease of adult honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)  Ç.Ü. J.of Science and Eng. 4(2):41-53 (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Akdemir, S., Kumova, U., Yurdakul, O., Kaftanoğlu, O.(1990) Economic structure of beekeeping in Adana region. Ç.U. J. of the  Fac. of Agric. 5(1):123-136. (In Turkish with Eng. summary).

Kaftanoğlu, O., Peng, Y.S. (1986) Storage  of honeybee spermatozoa  in liquid nitrogen. Honeybee Science 7(4):169-172 (In Japanese).

Peng,Y.S., Marston, J.M., Kaftanoğlu, O.(1984) Effect of supplemental feeding of honeybee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) populations and the economic value of the supplemental feeding for production of package bees. J. Econ. Ent. 77: 632-636.

Kaftanoğlu, O., Peng, Y.S. (1984) Preservation of honeybee spermatozoa  in liquid nitrogen. J. Apic. Res. 23(3):157-163.

Kaftanoğlu ,O., Peng, Y.S. (1982)  Effects of insemination on the initiation of oviposition in the queen honeybees. J. Apic. Res. 21(1):3-6

Kaftanoğlu ,O. (1981) A washing technique  for  collecting   large quantities  of semen for instrumental insemination of queen honeybees. Apiacta. XVII, (3-4):115-119

Kaftanoğlu ,O., Peng, Y.S. (1980 b) A washing technique  for  collection  of semen of honeybees (Apis mellifera). J. of Apic. Res. 19(3):205-211

Kaftanoğlu ,O., Peng, Y.S. (1980 a) A new syringe for semen storage and instrumental inseminations of queen honeybees.  J.of. Apic. Res. 19(1):73-76


A Sweet Time for the Whole Family

Bring your camera and creativity to our Family Fun area

Kids of all ages will find something fun and educational at the Arizona Honeybee Festival this year.

Activities For all Ages 

  • balloon pollinating game
  • waggle dance
  • experiential beehive
  • dress-up photo station
  • coloring pages

Older Kids

  • pollinating bee finger puppet 
  • bee life cycle craft
  • antenna headbands

Younger Kids

  • circle bee craft
  • honeycomb necklace
  • paper antenna headbands



The Buzz on Our Festival Vendors

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Beetanical Garden


Hi. Beetanical Garden is a family small bussines. My husband and his brother manage around 1000 hives in the desert area. We have a seasonal bloom and harvest a desert raw honey, pollen and beeswax. We would love to bring our unique seasonal honey to your festival. We have been participants last year and had a great time at the Honey Festival. Thank you for taking the time to put something like this together.

H&H honey

H&H Honey


We are a boutique micro apiary and has several hives working to make raw Arizona goodness straight from our hives to your pantry.  Our local Arizona product comes from our hives just south of the Phoenix metro area.  We keep our hives natural and chemical free.  We work hard to keep the ladies comfortable!

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Farm Bureau Financial Services



Laluce Candles


Handcrafted beeswax candles and apothecary goods.

mama's Smokin

Mama’s Smokin Hot Sauce.


Mashed Baked Goods

We are a handcrafted home based bakery currently at the High Street Farmers Market. I would create special event only items highlighting a local honey along with our regular menu for the event. Thank you for your consideration.

Rosey Bees

Hand made soaps, lotions and salves using bees wax and honey.  All my products are hand made by our family.   We are backyard beekeepers and also sell honey.

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Another Hunny Goddess Production


An eclectic shop of all-natural and handmade sweet treats, body products, up yu jewelry and wares!

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CC Pollen Company


Manufacturer of Dietary supplements from the Beehive, Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey

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Let It Bee AZ


Let It Bee AZ is dedicated to re homing an re queening Africanized Honey Bees. Unwanted honey bees are removed and relocated to apiaries across the Phoenix Valley farmland. This symbiotic relationship with local farmers benefits the honey bee politation and the agricultural community.

Baci Boutique, LLC

Baci Boutique, LLC sells women’s Accessories and t-shirts

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We sell organic CBD oil for human, dog, cat and horses. facial products.

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Mary Kay


Skincare, cosmetics

Young Living


I teach others about Young Living Essential Oils and other natural plant-based products.

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Gold Canyon candles


Gold Canyon Candles are the Worlds Finest. Strong scent throughout the burning of the candle and safety feature to put out candle and the end of the wax. Wax is non-toxic and will not burn you. With 97 scents, you will find one that brings back memories and is a great fit for your home or office.


Usborne Books & More


Usborne Books & More publishes fiction and non-fiction books for babies through young adult. Our books are engaging and exciting for young learners!

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Tanks Green Stuff


“Tank’s Green Stuff” produces organic and natural garden & landscape products to benefit People, Plants, and Planet. Tank’s turns what would otherwise be considered waste into premium organic compost, and offers a product for every garden in bags and in bulk.

Arizona Herb Association


Phoenix’s largest garden club, providing a forum to share & utilize information about the uses, culture, history & lore of herbs

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Rango Honey


Rango Honey was founded with a simple and pure promise – to offer only the highest quality raw, natural honey from the Sonoran Desert and beyond. We have committed that all profits go to fund safe and nurturing assisted-living housing for adults with autism.

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Sun Tan Honey Farm


Sun Tan Honey Farm was established in 2014 by Santos Vasquez and Shawn White with combined experience of over 15 years. We have built a great rapport valley wide specializing in chemical free, humane bee removal, and relocation services.

Relocated hives and swarms are brought to apiary locations across the valley. There these saved colonies produce pure raw local honey, in several different varieties.

Absolutely Delightful AZ Honey


Absolutely Delightful is a family run business specializing in local raw honey. We work with local bee keepers to bring you the best honey Arizona has to offer.

Desert Gatherings


Desert Gatherings® is a local, family owned and operated business. The company was started in 1987 by founder Douglas Dunn, and is a manufacturer and distributor of products related to the desert and its many beautiful plants. Among our extensive product lines are books, live cactus, seed packets, prickly pear items, candy and chocolate, postcards with original artwork, and other unique specialties of the Southwest. Desert Gatherings® is also a distributor of Ranger Resources®, Cheri’s Desert Harvest®, Arizona Sun®, Hotlix®, Playing Cards Plus, Cerreta Candy Company, Kokopelli Incense™, Arizona Cowboy Foods™, and Cactus World™.

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Arizona Worm Farm



Welcome to The Arizona Worm Farm!  We are a functioning farm with chickens, vegetables, and lots and lots of worms.  We have mulch and compost available and our own compost that is perfect for Arizona gardens.

Roy’s Bees


The goal at Roy’s Bees is to save our honeybees one hive at a time, rescuing them from exterminators and collecting bees in the form of cut-out removals and swarms,  while educating the community on the importance of honeybees and the direct correlation between the honeybee and us. The mission at Roy’s Bees is educating and mentoring new beekeepers in the craft of beekeeping, thus passing along these goals to the next generation of beekeepers.

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Green Living Az


Green Living magazine is the premier Arizona eco-conscious lifestyle magazine centered on your daily life and the way you express yourself as you live, work, and play green. We offer the latest in products, fashion, wellness, and home while enlivening you to make a difference in our environment. Our content is modern and has a wide-spread reach. Green Living magazine is designed to empower you with new ideas and inspirations using nature’s resources to lead you to a more sustainable you.




Bees need a warm, secure, and dry place to live. In the wild, bees make their nest in variety of places such as hollow trees and holes in rocks. The Apimaye beehive was developed to make it easier to manage a colony of bees and produce more honey. There are lots of different hive designs throughout the world, which follow the same basic principles. The Apimaye hive systems are manufactured for worldwide distribution, using standard dimensions and assembly methods ensuring that the equipment will be interchangeable, strong and durable. The standard measurements are Langstroth and Dadant box sizes. The design of Apimaye bee hives provides simplicity and ease of operation, permitting rapid inspection and interchange of frames. Well-constructed equipment pays off in ease of management, and profitability.

Skin Zen


We’re experts at what we do. But knowing the best techniques is only part of the process when creating our spa products, we’re also here to make you feel great. 

Many people underestimate the effect high-quality lotions and oils have on a spa treatment. We guarantee our all-natural products help you with that extra feeling of zen.