ERIC Number: ED490541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Integration of Biomimicry as a Solution-Oriented Approach to the Environmental Science Curriculum for High School Students
Biomimicry is an interdisciplinary science in which scientists look for solutions to human needs in nature. It endeavors to discover answers from the molecular, or material level, all the way up to the interrelationships, or systems level. The purpose of this review of the literature is to demonstrate the need and potential application of this new science in high school environmental science curriculum. Historically students of Environmental Science have been beleaguered by the overwhelming statistics of human failings and environmental destruction. However students need an opportunity for true hope. Biomimicry begins by inspiring admiration for the remarkable adaptations that organisms historically deemed "lower" or "primitive" employ, and facilitates the humility to recognize there is much to learn from them. In addition biomimicry provides scientific solutions that can be partnered with economic, environmental, and even spiritual growth. It encourages a perspective shift by transferring energies to creativity and ingenuity, revealing solutions and sustainability. Appended are: (1) Examples; and (2) Available Curriculum Resources.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A