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ERIC Number: EJ1115546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Nature as Inspiration
Tank, Kristina; Moore, Tamara; Strnat, Meg
Science and Children, v53 n2 p72-78 Oct 2015
This article describes the final lesson within a seven-day STEM and literacy unit that is part of the Picture STEM curriculum (pictureSTEM. org) and uses engineering to integrate science and mathematics learning in a meaningful way (Tank and Moore 2013). For this engineering challenge, students used nature as a source of inspiration for designs to collect and store water for the people of Popa Island, Panama, by highlighting that plants have physical structures that help them to better collect and store water.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Panama
Grant or Contract Numbers: EEC1442416