Biomimicry Educator Training Workshop - August 25-31, 2012
Veracruz Biomimicry & Design Workshop - July 6-14, 2012
Biomimicry Educator Training Workshop
Learn about biomimicry and how to teach it while exploring five habitats in coastal northeast Scotland!
Join us for a weeklong Biomimicry Educator Training Workshop, August 25 – 31, hosted at Findhorn College,
the educational arm of the famous Findhorn Ecovillage. Designed for
k-12, university, and informal science educators, the workshop offers
instruction in the fundamentals of biomimicry, an introduction to Life’s
Principles, and communication strategies for sharing biomimicry with
students of any age. Participants will learn from local plants, animals,
and ecosystems while exploring tidal bays, rivers, forests, and heather
dunelands on the fringe of the Scottish highlands. And they'll leave
the course with a toolkit of resources and a plan for incorporating
biomimicry education into their own curricula and programs. Register directly with Findhorn College.
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Where: Findhorn College, Scotland
When: August 25-31, 2012
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for high school, college or university, and
informal science teachers or lecturers who are interested in learning
the fundamentals of biomimicry and integrating biomimicry teaching into
new or existing courses, programs, displays, or exhibits.
What will participants learn?
- What biomimicry is and how it differs from other bio-inspired approaches
- The practical application of biomimicry, including Life's Principles, as a design and sustainability tool
- Communication strategies and interpretive approaches for
disseminating biomimicry knowledge to formal students and the
- Core skills for fostering collaborative design work
- Biological and ecological principles relevant to design
- Detailed examples of the latest biomimetic case studies
- How to leverage existing resources in their given institutions
- Curricula, communication strategies, funding opportunities, and
collaboration strategies for bringing biomimicry into the classroom
- Design teaching tips from their peers
|What will participants do?
- Learn from local plants, animals, and ecosystems – and how best to make use of their local environment for educational purposes
- Apply the biomimicry methodology to a mini-design challenge
- Practice using life's sustainable design principles as an assessment tool
- Share curricula and contribute to the idea pool for enhancing biomimicry education
- Co-develop biomimicry course and/or interpretive materials
- Assess opportunities and challenges within their own institutions or classrooms
| What will participants take home?
- New inspiration for bringing nature's ideas to the classroom or
exhibit space, along with a toolkit of methods, best practices, and
- One or two in-depth case studies to use as teaching tools
- One or two introductory biomimicry presentations, developed by the group
- Access to teaching and/or curricula modules developed by TBI
- A new network of enthusiastic biomimicry educators to call on for
advice, and access to our supportive Biomimicry Education Network
- Resources and contacts for further exploration
- University professors, administrators, or PhD candidates who complete this training will also be eligible to become Biomimicry Fellows.
Instructors: Megan Schuknecht, Director of University Education, and Sam Stier, Director of Public and Informal Education
Cost: (includes course materials, full board, and accomodations through Friday after the course ends)
- £950 low income
- £1200 medium income
Findhorn College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, IV36 3TZ
Tel: 01309 690806,
6th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop
Are you an jazzed about biomimicry, interested in learning how to apply nature's genius to human design - or education - and looking for a summer adventure? Join Institute staff and our Mexican colleagues for an 8-day biomimicry workshop in beautiful Veracruz, Mexico, from July 6-14, 2012. For more details, contact instructor and course coordinator Raul de Villafranca at arquitecto[at]rauldevillafranca.com.mx .
Highlights from the 5th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry & Design Workshop