Career Day: Biomimicry Design Challenge

The following lessons are designed for use in the school classroom, either before or after your trip to the Zoo. When used in conjunction with the Career Day program, your students will enjoy a comprehensive lesson on the variety of zoo careers and the science, math and other skills and abilities necessary to work effectively in the career field. At the same time, students will develop skills necessary for critical thinking, analysis, observation, inquiry and scientific investigation. It takes many different people with many different backgrounds to design a zoo exhibit. While the health and welfare of the animals within the exhibit are the top priority, exhibit designers also need to consider the needs of animal management staff and of the zoo visitor. Biomimicry Design Challenge will expose students to the complexities of modern zoo exhibit design and add the added twist of using nature as inspiration for design and engineering. Nature survives in a variety of habitats and persists through a number of changing pressures and challenges. Students are tasked to study how nature designs organisms to manage and conserve resources. Then students are challenged to take what they learn from nature and apply those same ideas to solve the design challenge in this activity.