This STEM project is to help the bees. Offering native bees a home to build their nests is a good way to share our spades and support them in their hard work of pollinating our gardens. Native bees, if they decide to take up residence in your bee house, are docile and make good neighbors because they are unlikely to sting.
Thank you to Monsanto for sending us this DIY Bee House kit! Learn about bees with Val from Monsanto. She also goes over how to make the bee house. We made our own bee house, and our video is at the bottom.
DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids
To build a bee house, you will need:
- Construction paper or pre-made cardboard bee tubes (or a combination of both)
- Empty milk carton
- Zip ties – 12 inch
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You will also need:
- duct tape
- masking tape or scotch tape
- pencil (used to roll construction paper around to make tube)
- stickers or decorations (optional)
Learn About Bees
- Did you know that there are around 4,000 species of bees in North America and many of them are completely different from the bees we normally picture when we think of bees?
- Native bees help pollinate not only the flowers that our gardens pretty but also cherry trees, apples, squash, watermelons, and many other fruits and vegetables that we eat.
- Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 75% of the world’s crops.
- Most of our native bees are solitary.
Vocabulary About The Science of Bees
Entomology: the study of insects
Apiarist: a person who takes care of bees; also known as a beekeeper
Pollination: the transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma
Pollinator: an organism that transfers pollen to other organisms
Solitary: by itself; alone
Pollen Basket: on bees, a smooth area on the hind tibia of each leg fringed with long hairs and serving to transport pollen
Larva: the young, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis
Shelter: something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms
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