With a finger on an iPad, smartphone, or other device, kids will guide “their” honey bee to scout for nectar-rich flowers, do the all-important waggle dance, avoid ambush bugs, feed baby bees, defend the hive from bears, and perform other bee-tasks. And most important: build the hive to survive the winter! Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest is a fun and educational game to inspire the next generation to understand and appreciate the lives of honey bees and the vital role they play in our world.
Honey bees are truly amazing, helpful creatures who need lots of human allies—people with insight into their very special world. What could be better than to create a very cool, fun app-game in which kids (of all ages) “become” a honey bee and enter the amazing world of a colony? Gather nectar! Do the waggle dance! Build the colony! Two young, tech-savvy artists and entrepreneurs have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their effort to create Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest.
Nectar is the brainchild of Malachi Bazan, of Grass Valley, California. He used to animate movies for Hollywood. He also worked on AAA video games for big entertainment companies. He sometimes calls himself a “digital sculptor” because he can make things “come alive” on a screen. Malachi found the perfect partner in Chad Wallace, of Amawalk, New York, an experienced artist and book illustrator who has made a career out of creating moody environments and animals in their natural settings. Chad likes up-close perspectives and has an eye for detail. He has illustrated nine children’s picture books, and is also the author of his most recent book.
The Kickstarter fundraising campaign has a goal of $6,000. The children’s book publisher Dawn Publications, of Nevada City, California, has pledged to match that amount if the campaign successfully reaches its goal. The campaign is also being promoted by Earth Train, the international leadership training organization with a long history in the U.S., now based in Panama. Once the bee game is flourishing, Malachi and Chad have pledged to donate part of their profits to Earth Train in support of its work with young people making a difference toward a healthier planet.
The Kickstarter site can be found at: