SECAUCUS, NJ — High Tech High School’s Apiculture class and Hive Tech Honey Club hosted a table at the Secaucus 6th Annual Green Festival on May 7th. High Tech students helped spread awareness about the ever-growing threat to the honey bee population by sharing the results of their research on High Tech’s own apiary, which explored topics such as mite infestation and Colony Collapse Disorder.
“We are excited by the response from the public,” said High Tech High School Assistant Principal Michael Ra. “This was a great opportunity to showcase our two fundamental goals which are to spread awareness through research and raise money to grow a sustainable model for the environment. The fact that students drive the process with the skills they learn at High Tech makes this a very proud moment for us.”
The school’s urban beekeeping initiative started last year in partnership with local beekeeper Antonio Quinlan. Students from High Tech’s Science, Graphic Arts, Culinary Arts , Media Arts, Web Design, Wood Technology, & Building Trades classes worked collaboratively to create a multidisciplinary, cross-curricular approach to studying honey bees while simultaneously building an entrepreneurial exercise in non-profit sustainable stewardship
“It was a lot of hard work but it was rewarding to see everyone work together and use their individual talents for a good cause,” said Cindy Fernandez, a Senior at High Tech High School and co-founder of the Hive Tech Honey Club. “In the end I was very proud to be a part of it, preparing me for college going forward. It’s a unique opportunity that clearly not every school gets the chance to explore.”
In addition to presenting informational and educational pamphlets, the High Tech students sold Hive Tech Honey products, including food items from the Culinary Arts department, such as honey butter, honey cakes and honey mango habanero BBQ sauce. They also sold Hive Tech Honey t-shirts and wristbands.
The school’s science department sold their all natural line of products including peppermint, lemon, and orange infused lip balms made from Hive Tech Honey beeswax. Most importantly, Hive Tech Honey was to be made available to the public for the first time. This all natural and locally sourced honey is the culmination of High Tech students’ dedication and commitment to urban beekeeping.
All profits from the sale of Hive Tech Honey products will be used to further maintain, grow, and sustain High Tech High School’s Apiary for research and product development.