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 Foundation offers a remote version of our ZomBee Watch Program, allowing students around the country to participate in real-world scientific research! No matter where your school is located, we can send you educational materials and skype with your students, guiding you through co-teaching this multiple-lesson program. (Of course, if you’re located in the Bay Area, Planet Bee can still come into your classroom to teach our in-school Zombee Watch Program.) This program is appropriate for grades 3 and up. 

During our first skype lesson, our world-class educators will teach your students about bee behavior and biology, pollination, bee population collapse, the zombie fly life cycle, and ZomBee behavior. Then in class, you and your students will design and engineer light traps to catch parasitized bees! A third lesson taught in class focuses on the scientific method. We will send bee samples or photos to your school for your students to analyze, compare, contrast, and document. Next, students will set out their traps, examine and document what they catch, and finally post their findings on the official ZomBee Watch website database! These results will go onto a map of the world which shows everywhere ZomBees have been found, thus contributing to real scientific research. During our last skype session, Planet Bee educators will wrap up the project by answering all of your students’ questions.

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