Building Bee Houses


Engineer a habitat for pollinators that will increase their numbers and diversity—and answer student-generated research questions.

“Our objective was to integrate the process of engineering design with scientific inquiry. Students started this activity by creating a research question in the context of declining pollinator populations and the need for designing artificial habitats for pollinator species. The research question determined their design for constructing a bee house. Finally, students conducted their experiment and tested their design to generate their findings. Students collected observations every day for two to three weeks and were able to report on weather, habitat characteristics, frequency of bees visiting their houses, and the number of bees occupying their houses.”

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