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I’d like to share evidence-based instructional resources for teaching bio-inspired design to engineers that my collaborators and I created as part of an NSF funded project. The resources created are based on Concept-Knowledge Theory, which make them adaptable to a wide range of disciplines. The materials are at an introductory level and aimed at…[Read more]
Hello! I’m an outreach educator at the Phoenix Zoo, and I’m currently working on a biomimicry program for students K-12 that involves being up close with live animals. I have put together a program that involves discussing examples of biomimicry and allowing students to create inventions inspired by the animals they meet. I’m running into the…[Read more]
Hi Maggie, It sounds like your students might benefit from spending some more time on the concept of function — what a feature or behavior does (for an organism, or in a design). You might want to start with some activities that get them thinking about the function of different adaptations and how they work. Then ask them to think about…[Read more]
Thank you! I will look at the link and see what I can do to make some modifications for a better learning experience.
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