Black Coral Crab with young
In one sense, education is passing the important lessons learned in one generation to the next. We at The Biomimicry Institute certainly believe biomimicry is one of those lessons. To that end, we have been creating curricula and compiling contributions from other curricula developers to share with the community of educators interested in biomimicry. You'll find that curricula here, downloadable for free.
Biomimicry can be used in classrooms as:
- A new way for young people to view and value the natural world; to see Nature not just as something to learn about, but as something to learn from
- A compelling way to present science, technology, engineering, and math subjects
- A tool to enhance and express creativity through design, with hands-on, minds-on, project-based activities
- A way to connect school subjects to one another, and school subjects to the real world beyond classroom walls
- A unique and powerful way to think and learn about sustainability
Over 1600 educators have downloaded our curricula in the two years alone. Here's what people are saying:
"Having developed much curricula, I want to emphasize the curricula you have developed is really a big step above most curricula out there. I appreciate the thoroughness of directions, the variety of approaches and the good ideas... It has also jump started new ideas and approaches as well!"
Director, Science Learning at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction (University of Buffalo)
“As a mother of three young girls, a trained architect and Montessori teacher long-since interested in the concept of biomimicry, I am THRILLED by this resource. Thank you very much.”
“I see incredible potential in using Biomimicry to promote inquiry, STEM disciplines, and integration of disciplines across the curricula!”
To introduce biomimicry to your students, see our curricula page for downloadable educational ideas and lesson plans. We will update the curricula on an on-going basis.
If you have questions, comments, or would like to post your own curricula here, contact Sam Stier, Director of Youth Education, at sam(a)biomimicryinstitute.org.
Sign up for our Biomimicry Education Network to access the curricula
For more curricula, visit the websites of our youth education partners!
Crab photograph courtesy of Erwin Kodiat