Beehive Puzzles 2019

How Do We Protect Our Planet?

These drawings represent student’s investigations of habitat loss, plastics in the oceans, and our interdependent relationship to plants and animals. In Drama World, the children donned the mantle of inventors. In role, as originators, creators, designers, and makers, they imagine ways and means to solve some problems facing land animals, marine creatures, forests, and oceans.

They drew their ideas. Then their drawings were enlarged and cut into stencils, in the shape of hexagrams. Each student wrote a caption to further explain the meaning of their work. Seven hexagrams were arranged to fit together and, to everyone’s delight, formed the shape of a beehive. The stencils were then laid down on sidewalks and sprayed with rain paint, an invisible solution when dry. But when wet, like magic, rainwork suddenly appeared.

The five Beehive Puzzle installations held an embedded clue that, when put together, made a word describing the beehive’s theme. Folks walking along the sidewalks stopped, looked, and tried to solve the puzzle.

The Puzzle

During the rainy season of 2019 these hexagonal puzzle stencils were spray painted on the ground at the following locations using a special rain paint —it’s only visible when wet!

The five hidden words were: salmon, ocean, invent, defend, and change.

Puzzle Locations

Click the links below to download PDFs of the different puzzles:

  1. W Holly & Bay St
  2. Squalicum Way
  3. Entrance on Utter St
  4. Holly & Champion St
  5. Lottie & Grand

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Morgan Mahana and Jason Davies digitized the drawings into stencils. The stencils were laser cut by Jason Davies in collaboration with Bellingham Makerspace.

Drama World Documentary

Three 4th-graders, self-described as: The Professional Level Director, the Precision Editor, and the Hot Shot Writer quickly teamed up to write, direct and edit a video about Drama World. They titled it, Caring for Our Planet. They had an hour. They also had an advisor, Lauren McClanahan, director of the Bellingham Youth Media Project, should they want any advice from an adult. They didn’t. Respectfully. They said they had it. And they did.

When they returned to their classroom, their teacher asked if they needed anything. Nope, they replied. “It’s done.” And so, it was. Madeline Galante wrote in a flash, Errol Noet selected the images taken by a host of students throughout the semester, and Sophia Dionne directed the composition of writing and photographs in four chapters: Environmental Detectives, Interviewing the Locals, Magic Words, and Invention Works! Five months of once weekly From a Child’s Point of View sessions are captured in four minutes and eight seconds. “What will you invent to help solve our problems?” Owl and Salmon had asked. To see the story of twenty-five students responding to Owl and Salmon’s plea for help click on the video below.

Survival of the Fittest? Lion eats mouse. Humans cut down trees. What if that is a lie? It's your responsibility to reject history's lies. For it's a lie that it's a ballad for the survival of the fittest. For it's truly a ballad of love played By the piano of our choices. Each choice a work of art, a work of unity. These masterpieces are made when we reject this ballad of the survival of the fittest And realize that no one person is greater or lesser than any fellow creature. But when we work together as a whole we are stronger and better in nearly every way. Stronger, protected, loved and important. -Madeline Galante, Age 10, Class of 2019

Survival of the Fittest

Madeline Galante, the self-described Hot Shot Writer of the 4th-graders’ video “Drama World”, wrote this poem with lightening speed as she wrote the video’s narrative. 

In fact, this poem was part of the narrative. But an adult in the room worried that Madeline’s POV would be lost as spoken word. So, with Madeline’s permission, it was pulled out of the video so it could be presented for all to read on this sign.

The sign is located on the ASB Trail on the Bellingham Waterfront.