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



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Join us this year to show your support for Arizona Honeybees and promote your bee-friendly products. 


Our unique location gives you the benefit of the Arizona Honeybee Festival visitors who come from around the state as well as the Uptown Market’s weekly 6,000 shoppers. This is a fun event that keeps getting better every year as we grow and word gets out. Honeybees are important and products that promote them are too!


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