Honey Bee Challenge Kit
The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience Honey Bee Challenge focuses on
a critical component--honey bees--to growing food and feeding the world.
Approximately one in every three bites we eat is the result of these
pollinators at work.
The 4-H Honey Bee Challenge introduces youth to the critical
role that "hired" honey bees play in food production. Youth begin
with a Farm-to-Table warm-up activity, illustrating that a significant amount
of food we eat relies on pollination by honey bees. Working in teams, youth
then 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. A wrap-up discussion underscores
the importance of honey bees in agriculture and outlines ways youth can help
bees in their own community.
This Honey Bee Challenge Kit includes a Teen Facilitator Guide
(20 pages), 5 Challenge Mats, 15 "bots", and 15 honey bee stickers.
This experience was created for 5 groups of 2-3 youth and is an ideal activity
for 3rd - 8th graders, led by a teen facilitator. Perfect for a variety of
settings including summer reading programs, summer camps, afterschool programs,
festivals, and fairs.
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