Designing, building and making things capture children’s imagination.
This project based learning unit focuses on architecture and design.
This is a lesson plan that will guide you through the process of using
biomimicry and steam activities to inspire students to ask questions,
study animals and plants, and use creative thinking to explore ideas.
can you use a lotus flower to make a cosy reading nook? Why would you
want to build a floating city? And how can an ant be used to build a
huge garbage machine?
Students learn to explore dreams and use these dreams to solve problems.
These activities are fun and engaging. And great brain workout!
1. Introduction to biomimicry and using prior knowledge
2. Smart cities
3. Floating city
4. Reading or relaxing nook
5. Describe a honeycomb
6. Draw a house plan
7. Acrostic poem
8. Imagination challenge snails
9. Design a house inspired by shells and snails
10. Futuristic car
11. Story writing – futuristic car
12. Dinosaur bridge
13. Garbage machine
14. Cool rainproof house
15. Song about ants
16. Build a treehouse
17. Green living house
18. What have I learned?
19. How to use biomimicry in the classroom
20. Links and book tips.
21. Three posters
Want a resource about designing robots? Check out Project based learning: Robots – STEAM, Biomimicry and Soft Robots: Project Based Learning – STEAM, Biomimicry
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Project based learning: Bats, STEAM, Biomimicry
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Project based learning: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians – STEAM, Biomimicry, NGSS
“Used this for a Kindergarten STEAM club unit and it was a hit!”
Why am I qualified to write these biomimicry resources? I
am a member of BEN – Biomimicry Education Network – and a curator of
educational resources at BEN. I am the author of the book Biomimicry
with Theo & Tuva: Nature spotting inspires wild ideas. In 2015, I
completed a course in Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology at
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.