GRADES Pre-K to 5 | 2022-2023

Challenge 1C: Pollinator Penthouse – Hotel
(4th and 5th 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

1C. Hotel – Build a pollinator hotel. Write a brief description about your models design.

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

Electronically submit the following:

Delivered to Fairchild in person or via certified mail (electronic submission of entry is not accepted):

  • Model and written description

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must include student(s) name, grade and school name in the bottom of the model.
 Model can be no larger than 8.5” x 11” x 5”, approximately the size of a shoe box and weigh no more 5 lbs.

Model must be a student original made using natural, sustainable and repurposed materials. Do not include liquids, soil, fresh fruit or other items that will decompose and attract pests. If in doubt, please contact us at

 Written portion must be 100 words or less and explains your models design
 Online entry form must be submitted along with the physical entry
 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 1C Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 1C 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