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Inspired by Nature

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

165 minutes
Three 55-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Science
Grade: 
9, 10
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In this lesson, students explore the ways we can study how natural organisms have adapted to certain environmental conditions and apply what we learn to create sustainable solutions to pressing environmental problems. Students discuss numerous examples of biomimicry and the relevance of biomimicry to our lives today. Then they work in teams to come up with their own innovative solution to a water-related issue, using inspiration from the natural world.

Key objectives for students
Identify key areas of concern related to our sustainable use of Earth's water resources.
Define biomimicry.
Provide several examples of biomimicry innovations and the elements of nature that inspired them.
Use biomimicry to design a sustainable solution to a global, water-related issue.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Physics
Topics
Biomimicry, water challenges, purification, Filtration, water transportation, Conservation, Innovation, sustainability
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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