Did you know zombies are real?! Zom-BEES anyway!

Your students can become ZomBee Hunters and join us in tracking the spread of the zombie fly over the course of a semester or full year.

Program Description:

Planet Bee is proud to partner with San Francisco State University to bring citizen science to the classroom. Students discover the joy of participating in current and important honey bee research for real scientists through our ZomBee Watch Project school program. 

Dr. John Hafernik, ZomBee Watch founder and professor emeritus of Entomology at San Francisco State University, recently discovered that honey bees are being affected by a zombie fly parasitoid (a parasite that always kills its host), which makes them exhibit zombie-like behavior.

Our ZomBee Watch Program is appropriate for grades 3 and up and consists of two or three onsite visits to your classroom and includes in-depth lessons on honey bee behavior, the zombie fly life cycle, sample collection, recording and analyzing scientific data, and more. Students will design and engineer their own light traps to catch "ZomBees" and contribute their data to an international database.

Check out these blog posts about our program at Discover Magazine and SciStarter!

All of our lessons are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards and rooted in the philosophy of E-STEM learning. ZomBee Watch meets the following NGSS standards:

  • 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-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

  • 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-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, Sarah, at programs@planetbee.org