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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.
I will be teaching an intro Biomimicry course to grades 3-5 in Shenzhen next month. The curriculum was written to include lots of time outside, observing nature. However, I’m told that will not be possible! So, I’d love any suggestions for how to ensure kids have the best experience indoors. Thanks!
Hi! I would suggest collecting a variety of natural artefacts to bring indoors for students to explore and touch. Plant parts, shells, bones, feathers, etc. If you have access to a natural history collection with skeletons, fur, pinned insects, and other specimens, those are great, too. Have students look at them with the naked eye and under…[Read more]
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