Biomimicry STEM Module Presentation for Middle School Science Teachers

  • Campbell Resource Center 1216 Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA, 02125 United States

"Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature" is an education module combining biomimicry and microscopy designed for 7th grade life science classes and piloted in Ely, Minnesota. It begins with a one hour classroom presentation followed by an outdoor class period finding, observing and collecting a specimen/adaptation that can be examined in a microscope to study. Selected specimens are sent to the lab.   Highlights are viewed by the class remotely by logging into an electron microscope.  In several class periods, students research a particular adaptation for the organism they chose, determine the design principle of the adaptation and come up with an idea for a human application.  Research, drawings and photos are compiled in a “Nature’s Technology Brief” template.  Sue Okerstrom, the modules creator and Biomimicry Professional will present.