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Design Thinking and Biomimicry

Authored by EcoRise

55 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Science
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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This lesson introduces students to a design thinking process that can help them apply principles of biomimicry to address critical real-world problems related to important social or environmental issues. It sets the stage for a capstone project and/or participation in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. In this first lesson, students explore the concept of design thinking and how it can be helpful in inspiring innovations. They also learn a design process that consists of five steps and integrates principles of biomimicry. Then they form teams and begin thinking about a design problem they would like to solve using biomimicry.

Co-authored by the Biomimicry Institute.

Key objectives for students
Define “design” and describe what a designer does.
Define “design thinking” and explain how it can be useful in the practice of biomimicry.
Explain how biomimicry can lead to more sustainable design solutions.
Describe a five-step framework for a design thinking process.
Select a design problem to solve using biomimicry.
Secondary subjects
Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Language Arts, Physics, Social Studies
Topics
Biomimicry, Design, design in nature, challenge, project
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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