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Creating Nature Inspired Ideas

Authored by EcoRise

165 minutes
Three 55-minute sessions plus group work outside of class
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Environmental Education, Science
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In this three-part lesson, students begin to generate design ideas from the biological strategies and patterns they discovered in previous lessons. In the first session, they learn how to translate biological strategies from their research into biomimetic design strategies that can be applied to a design problem. In the next session, they participate in a biomimicry brainstorming activity to generate many diverse design ideas for applying those design strategies. In the final session, they assess those ideas more closely for relevance and feasibility and select the strongest idea to carry forward in the design process.

Co-authored by the Biomimicry Institute.

Key objectives for students
Identify the design insights embodied in biological strategies.
Develop nature-inspired design ideas.
Use a variety of brainstorming and creative-thinking strategies.
Evaluate design ideas for relevance and feasibility and select the strongest ideas.
Secondary subjects
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Language Arts, Physics, Social Studies
Biomimicry, Design, design in nature, challenge, project, sustainability, design strategy, biological strategy, bio-inspired
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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