Forest Cones | PBL Biomimicry Design Inspired by Nature Math STEAM

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Asa Jomard - Think Dive
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Why not use cones as inspiration for bold new designs of houses or cities? Let this Forest Cone resource push your students to study cones with a biomimicry lens. Exciting insights and ideas might emerge while learning about how cones open and close depending on the level of moisture.

These science activities are fun and engaging!

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This engaging Forest package contains:

1. Why teach biomimicry

2. Getting Started Guide

3. Things I love about cones

4. Acrostic poem

5. Describe a cone

6. Fibonacci numbers

7. Design challenge - Fibonacci numbers

8. Design a city - - Fibonacci numbers

9. Scales open and close

10. Story writing -planning

11. Write a story about innovation

12. How to use biomimicry in the classroom - inspiration and ideas

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Why am I qualified to write these environment and biomimicry resources? In 2015, I completed a course in Making Sense of Climate Change Denial at the University of Queensland. I was 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. I took part in the Biomimicry Design Challenge in 2021.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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