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2019 Berkshire Region: One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators


Region: Berkshire
Level: Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8
Program type:

Description: Thinkers and Tinkerers: Using Biomimicry to Teach Engineering and Life Science

- Immerse yourself in the world of innovation and problem solving.

- Discover how nature’s designs can connect science content to real-world design challenges to produce models, tools and prosthetics, and learn how to bring the design challenge experience to your own students.

- Examine examples of biomimicry to explore how nature’s own innovations can help us tackle health and environmental issues.

- Meet with research and design engineers to learn how they develop high performance plastics, agri-nutrients, polymers and metals. Then observe how they use polarized light to test the stress strength of a product.

- Experience how the engineering design process works to produce anatomically correct models of human organs and other products for medical study and testing.

- Learn how to create a science center at your school to build these experiences into inquiry-based investigations for your students.

Partners & Collaborators: Flying Cloud Institute; MASS MoCA; The Chamberlain Group; Sabic Manufacturing; Miss Hall’s School; Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; Nature Matters

Topics: Biomimicry, Education, Educational Methods, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability , Life Science, Pedagogy, Science and Engineering Practices

Aligned to content standards (if any):
Grade 7 LS2, Grade 6 ETS1, Grade 6 ETS2, Grade 7 LS1, Grade 3 LS4, Grade 3 LS3, Grades 3-5 ETS1, Grade 4 LS1, Grade 8 LS3, Grade 5 PS3 , Grades 3-5 ETS3, Grade 6 LS1

Additional information (if any): PDPs and Graduate Credit: 40 PDPs; graduate credit is available for an additional fee

July 8-12 (9:00 am-4:00 pm); June 15 On-Site Introductory Session (9:00 am-1:00 pm); Call-back date will be set during the course

Fee Information: $425 per participant ($400 per participant if attending in a team with another teacher from your district; $375 per participant if attending in a team with 2 or more other teachers from your district)
PDPs: 40 PDPs are available without graduate credit.