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Exploring Nature's Patterns

Authored by EcoRise

55 minutes
One 55-minute session plus group work outside of class
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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In this lesson, students learn about patterns, the different ways patterns appear in nature, and how being observant of patterns can support biomimetic design. The lesson begins with a presentation that introduces patterns in nature at three scales that are relevant to biomimicry: visual/form patterns, process patterns, and system-level patterns. Afterward, students practice identifying patterns in a small-group activity and then apply what they have learned in their ongoing design challenge research, which was introduced in the previous lesson.

Co-authored by the Biomimicry Institute.

Key objectives for students
Describe the different ways patterns occur in nature.
Discuss what humans can learn from patterns in nature.
Identify relevant patterns among biological strategies.
Articulate some of the patterns that occur in nature at a systems level.
Secondary subjects
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies
Topics
Biomimicry, Design, design in nature, challenge, project, sustainability, pattern
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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