Designed by Nature
Designed by Nature (3–6)
Learn how nature can be used for design inspiration and problem-solving through STEM and biomimicry.
Students will observe the tried and tested biological strategies and patterns of nature and design their own nature-inspired STEM ideas for a healthier planet.
The Department of Education and Training are funding high-ability students from government schools to participate in this program at no cost through the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series.
Melbourne * Cranbourne Gardens
Year Three to Year Six
Session 1: Bio-design Introduction
- Learn examples of bio-inspired inventions and come face-to-face with the plants and systems that influenced them.
- Identify the tried and tested biological strategies of nature through guided nature observation
- Come up with their own nature-inspired ideas
Session 2: Student Design Challenge
- Become biomimics, practicing nature-inspired engineering.
- Utilise design thinking and STEM skills to apply the practice of biomimicry in a Design Challenge
- Hands-on learning and sharing ideas
- Science and Technology
Student Experiences Include
- Distinguishing between ‘learning from’ and ‘learning about’ plants
- Exploring the function and form of plants
- Engaging in systems thinking
- Applying nature-inspired solutions to solve a student challenge (full day only)
- Level 3 - 6 Integrated STEM, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Design, and Critical and Creative Thinking
Full-day program (Session 1 and 2)
10.15am – 2.15pm
Full day $27 per student
Education entrance, Observatory House at Melbourne Gardens
Meet on the lawns of the Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct at Cranbourne Gardens