The 4-H Honey Bee Challenge introduces youth to the critical role that honey bees play in food production as approximately one in every three bites we eat is the result of these pollinators at work. Plus, this bundle includes tools for youth to plant their own pollinator garden!
Working in teams, youth assemble model bees using bristle bot kits and construct foraging routes for their model bees to follow. Teams are evaluated on the efficiency of their materials used in designing foraging routes, the amount of pollen their bees collect, and the time their bees spend foraging.
This experience was created for 5 groups of 2-3 youth and is an ideal activity for 3rd - 8th graders led by a teen or adult facilitator.
Included in each kit is a facilitation guide (20 pages), 5 challenge mats, parts to assemble 15 “bots”, 15 honey bee stickers, 15 gardening trowels, and 15 gardening stakes
This kit can be reused to teach multiple groups the lessons about honey bees, but the bristlebots can only be created from scratch once. If you’d like each youth to have the experience to create the bristlebot or are going to let the youth keep their bots, you can purchase additional materials to create 25 additional bots. View our Bristlebot Pack of 25 here.
To learn more about the Honey Bee Challenge, check out this video!