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Bees Have a Hairy Secret: Static Charge

The magic of pollination doesn’t end with flowers - bees are buzzing up their own fields of static charge, picking up pollen like Swiffer dusters. Pollinators come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and on the whole, look ridiculous, but
their fuzzy glory services the whole of the flowering world.

Come, bask in their myriad forms, spy them in your garden, save the world one pollinator at a time.

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Xochitl Garcia K-12 Program Manager, Science Friday

Xochitl Garcia is the K-12 education program manager at Science Friday, where she focuses on supporting the inspiring efforts of educators (of all types) to engage students in science, engineering, math, and the arts. After graduating from Occidental College and working with high school students in Los Angeles, Xochitl moved to New York. She taught middle and high school science in the Bronx for over seven years. She can often be seen making a mess trying out new experiments and activities, developing teacher trainings/programs, and planning ways to connect Science Friday media to classrooms.

Ariel Zych, Education Director, Science Friday

As Science Friday’s education director, Ariel Zych finds ways to empower parents and educators and everyday people to excite young learners with science, engineering, and math. She can be regularly found making messes with new experiments, planning teacher trainings, drawing diagrams, curating collections of SciFri media for libraries, or grumbling at the latest education op-ed piece.

Before joining Science Friday in 2013, Ariel was a high school biology, marine science, and environmental science teacher in Washington D.C.  In addition to being a classroom teacher, Ariel has created and facilitated informal and formal science programs around the country and has developed curricular materials and experiences for camps, cruises, campuses, zoos, museums, scouts, parents, teachers, and schools.

While completing her master’s degree in entomology at the University of Florida, Ariel once discovered the mechanism of acoustic communication in scentless plant bugs, which was super interesting to her, but not to many other people. Several other memorable scientific pursuits include studying snail gonads, collecting ticks, caring for colonies of social spiders as an undergrad at Cornell, tagging dragonflies, sailing aboard the E/V Nautilus and, more recently, traveling to Antarctica to cover long-term research on the frozen continent.

Resources mentioned in video:

Science Friday interview with Gregory Sutton 

Science Friday Education Newsletter Sign-up:

Learn more about bees in space at - Bees in Space 

Another Science Friday interview about bees - Why Are Bumblebees So Hairy

More lessons and activities at


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