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Refining the Design

Authored by EcoRise

110 minutes
Two 55-minute sessions plus group work outside of class
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Environmental Education, Science
9, 10, 11, 12
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In this lesson, students participate in a peer review and other activities that help them evaluate and improve the design idea they selected in the previous lesson. In the first session, they complete an analysis exercise that leads them to uncover the “pains” and “gains” of their current design idea and identify and record the next steps for refining the design. A homework assignment following the first session prepares students to participate in the second session, in which they present their work in progress to their peers for constructive feedback, which they then incorporate into their final design solution.

Co-authored by the Biomimicry Institute.

Key objectives for students
Identify strengths and weaknesses in their design concepts and create a plan to improve them.
Solicit feedback from classmates in a design critique.
Incorporate feedback to improve the design idea.
Secondary subjects
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Language Arts, Physics, Social Studies
Biomimicry, biomimetic, Design, sustainability, critique, refine, challenge, design in nature, project
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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