Are you looking for a way to take your students’ learning beeyond the classroom? Planet Bee’s Wanna-Bee an Engineer? program allows them to practice the engineering process and take action to support local pollinator populations all at once!

Native bees don’t live in hives, but they still need a place to store food and rear their young. Our educators will teach your students about the different native bee nesting habits and then lead them through the process of engineering native bee habitats.

Program Description:

This hour-long lesson is designed to introduce content about native bee habitats using developmentally-appropriate methods and allow time for our educators to help students design their habitats. We will provide feedback for the first couple iterations of their plan during our visit. You may then choose to have us return a second time to lead the building process, or take over yourself. Once the habitats have been constructed, you may deploy them in your school garden or let students take them home! Want us to return later in the year to discuss any bees taking up residence? Let our Program Director know and we will arrange a personalized wrap-up lesson. Additional lessons will involve fees. 

All of our lessons are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards and rooted in the philosophy of E-STEM learning. Wanna-Bee an Engineer? meets the following NGSS standards:

  • K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
  • 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

We've created a source doc for educators to cut and paste from if applying to grants through their school's, PTA or other outside organizations. Click here to download it!

We are deeply committed to environmental justice and therefore offer sliding scale fees. Need-based scholarships are also available, courtesy of our sponsors and partners.

To learn about our pricing structure, click here

Questions? Email our Program Director at programs@planetbee.org