4-H Honeycomb Home Challenge


Sandwich Fairgrounds
7 Wentworth Hill Road
Sandwich, NH 03227
United States

Note: For 2022 all participants must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.  For more information, please visit UNH 4-H COVID Protocols.

4-H Honeycomb Home Challenge @ the Maker's Expo!

The Challenge: Build a honeycomb structure that can hold 5 lbs. Bring your honeycomb like structure to Maker's Expo to test out your design. This is a non-competitive event. Event volunteers will add weight to your structure to see how much it can hold. Youth will have two weigh-ins and the highest weight will be recorded. 


Background: “The most noticeable contents of a beehive, besides the bees themselves, is the honeycomb attached to the walls and interior frames of the hive. Bees construct each cell of the honeycomb to provide a home for raising young and storing honey. For raising young, the queen bee lays her eggs in each cell, the pupa is cared for by worker bees until it hatches. Honeycomb can also be used to store honey. Beekeepers collect honey by removing frames from the hives, and then extracting honey from the honeycomb before returning the frames to the hive..” American Farm Bureau Foundation, Purple Plow Puzzler #35.

When?  The NH 4-H Ag Makers Challenge will be at the NH 4-H Makers Expo: 10:00am on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Sandwich Fairgrounds (7 Wentworth Hill Rd, Sandwich, NH)

Participation Guidelines:

  1. All participants must be current enrolled 4-H members.
  2. Participation is open to cloverbuds (5-7 years old) and 4-H members (8-18 years old).
  3. All participants must register in 4HOnline. (Pre-registration is required. Registration opens in late March.)
  4. All entries must be produced by the 4-Her, no store-bought items or kits.
  5. Honeycomb Home Challenge is non-competitive.

Acceptable Materials: Newspaper, cardboard, tape, variety of paper, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, hot glue.

Maximum Size: 20L x 12W x 2.5H inches


  1. Finished products must not exceed 20L x 12W x 2.5H inches.
  2. Permissible building materials include Newspaper, cardboard, tape, variety of paper, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, hot glue.
  3. All honeycomb structures will go through a compliance check to be sure that it meets all the rules.
  4. Each participant may have up to two trials to add weight to their honeycomb structure. The highest weight will be recorded.
  5. During the contest, only youth may adjust and repair their structures. There may be no adult participation at all. If youth need help, they may ask another 4-H member to assist them.

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