GRADES Pre-K to 5 | 2022-2023

Challenge 1B: Pollinator Penthouse – Pad Plan
(2nd and 3rd Grade)

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)


Pollinating insects, such as bees, wasps, flies and beetles play a vital role in plant reproduction and are the backbone to global food crops. Unfortunately, these pollinators are declining and face major threats due to habitat loss, pollution and use of pesticides. One way to support pollinator populations is by providing safe havens, such as bug hotels, in yards and school grounds. Depending on the insects you aim to care for, bug hotels can be made in many shapes, sizes, and materials. Research local pollinators and the important services they provide ecosystems and create a place where insects can find sanctuary and reconnect to their world. Downloadable PDF

1B. Pad Plan – Design a pollinator house and write a brief description about the importance of pollinators.

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, October 3, 2022 to Sunday October 9, 2022 

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must include student name, grade and school clearly printed in the bottom right corner
 Entries must be a maximum 8.5” x 11” on one page. Drawing must be original hand rendered artwork done in colored pencil, crayon, pens, fine point marker, or paint only; no computer generated designs
 Drawing must include a front and side view of the pollinator house as well as the intended pollinator inhabitant
 Written portion must by 75 words of less and explains the importance of pollinators
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 1B Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 1B Benchmarks

Introduce the Challenge to your students: Pollinator Penthouse Presentation
Xerces Society: Who Are the Pollinators?
Science Daily: Pollinators: First global risk index for species declines and effects on humanity
University of Florida: Pollinator Hotels
Urban Gardens: How to design a bug hotel to attract beneficial insects & bees