Sharing the Planet An inquiry into communities and the relationships within and between them.

Central Idea: Sustainable designs that exist in nature can be used to solve human problems.
Students were tasked with understanding and attempting to solve a series of design challenges embedded within a fictional "journey." Along the way, they learned and applied a problem solving strategy while collaboratively designing and testing potential solutions.
How do you understand and solve problems?
"I may not be right...but I won't be wrong always!"
What are the structures and behaviors of plants and animals?
Once students had learned the problem solving strategy, they began looking to nature for design inspirations.
What designs already exist in nature that we could use?
Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that's already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn. Janine Benyus
Students adapted different seed designs to create a glider that would carry their package to safety.
The summative assessment asked students to design multiple pairs of comfortable shoes for hiking at Point Lobos-a local landmark.
Many students looked to nature for inspiration and adapted appropriate, sustainable designs.
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