For the first Biomimicry 101 Action Project, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:

How would a plant…?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

You are working for a biomimicry design firm, and are in the early stages of research for a new product. You will be presenting your research to your board of directors, and they would like to know about plants and what we can learn from them.

First, identify a plant species that intrigues you, then create a presentation to present to the board that includes the species’ unique adaptations to its environment, and how that information can be applied to human design.

Please click on the plants in the landscape to open the featured student works.

Alignment with Common Core Math & NextGen Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

LS4.C: ADAPTATION
How does the environment influence populations of organisms over multiple generations?

LS4.D: BIODIVERSITY AND HUMANS
What is biodiversity, how do humans affect it, and how does it affect humans?

MS-ETS1-1.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS:
1. Patterns. Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

6. Structure and function. The way in which an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine many of its properties and functions.

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