AUDIENCE: Grades 6 – 12 educators interested in learning more about how biomimicry can be integrated into current teaching practices
DATES: 11/3/2016 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
FACILITATOR: Dorna Schroeter, Coordinator P/NWBOCES Center for Environmental Education
LOCATION: Madden Outdoor Education Center, Kent Cliffs, NY
Are you looking for a way to inspire the next generation of world-builders – engineers, designers, research scientists, chemists, architects, city planners and educators?
Biomimicry is a rapidly growing discipline that offers teachers a compelling way to engage students of all ages and cross the boundaries traditionally found in education. It supports the goals of NGSS, CCLS and STEAM and offers solution-based thinking while inspiring young people with a sense of the possible. It links design (arts) and science and offers a model of relevancy because it will be part of many of the jobs of the future. Biomimicry also provides a plethora of literature for linking ELA to science and the Reading Standards for Literature.
The essential question we will address is “How could learning the design principles from nature change our world?” To do that we will explore:
- How we view nature
- Biomimicry vs. Bio-inspired Design
- Principles of Biomimicry
- Case Studies
- Design Challenge
- Biomimicry Today
We will also do a walk-though of the Biomimicry Institute’s Educators Toolkit and their website, AskNature, as well as Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES’ Biomimicry Kit.