Students Challenged to Use Science to Solve the “Honey Bee Challenge” in 2016 4-H Ag Innovators Experience

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Honey Bee

CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- Tenthousand young people throughout the Midwest will participate in the “Honey Bee Challenge,” this year’s 2016 4-H Ag Innovators Experience activity, which teaches youth, ages nine through 15, about the critical role that honey bees play in growing food and feeding the world. The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) is a collaboration between the National 4-H Council and Monsanto Company.

Based on the USDA MyPlate model, youth will begin with a “Farm-to-Plate” Honey Bee activity to connect the work of honeybees to the MyPlate food groups. Working in groups, youth will explore honeybee habitats in various ecosystems; the important role of honeybees in agriculture and food production; the threats to honey bee habitats and how threats are being addressed; and the best practices for preserving and maintaining honey bee habitats. 

The “Honey Bee Challenge” will take place from March – July 2016. To learn more, visit