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Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

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Children love to learn more about the world around them.

Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives.

Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products.

Learners are asked to think about solutions often available in nature, and to come up with their own product design revolving around what they have discovered. Existing examples are provided so that children can grasp the goal, such as Velcro, which is inspired from plants with prickly burrs that attach to clothing.

The Biomimicry Education Network offers several high-quality and informative lesson plans. An overview of the fundamentals of biomimicry is provided for primary grades through high school. Observations, like the 5 minute field trip, as well as exploring projects and games help spark the conversation.

They also have youth curricula available for various age levels that includes projects, toolkits and activities. There are even resources for university level students that include biomimic teaching modules and case studies.

A service provided by the American Society for Engineering Education is a site called eGFI, which means ‘Engineering, Go For It’ !

This interactive spot offers tons of information about the environment and ocean life. Agriculture, architecture, biomedicine, aerospace and manufacturing are some of the other areas kids can learn more about. They also have resources about natural design, as well as themed lesson plans.

The more children understand how nature works and how it is applicable to everyday life, the more they will appreciate it.

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