Lockheed Martin presets “Nature Inspired Design” a FREE Biomimicry Workshop for educators of grades 3-12.
Did you know that the idea for Velcro came from those pesky seeds that stick to your pant legs after a hike? Or that spider webs have taught architects how to make glass that birds can see? Or that there is a model of the human ear embedded within your cell phone, which is why it works?
We think of nature and technology as opposites, but the natural world has actually been inspiring inventors for centuries! Today, nature-inspired invention is the way companies innovate, and how colleges teach engineering and design. Come learn how the natural world inspires people to create life-changing innovations, and give your students the opportunity to explore nature-inspired engineering for themselves!
During this two-hour workshop, you’ll explore the latest examples of engineering and design inspired by nature (also known as bio-inspiration, or biomimicry) and discover how to use this approach while encouraging your students to use their critical thinking skills with the NGSS across grade levels and help connect students and teachers alike to the genius that is around and within them!
This two-hour workshop will be presented by the Founding Director of the Center for Learning with Nature, a renowned nonprofit providing curricula and professional development designed to enrich STEM engagement in the classroom. Workshop space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Attendees will receive FREE CUSTOMIZED curriculum specific to their grade level and subjects taught.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
TIME: 4:30-6:30 PM
Registration begins at 4:15 PM
WHERE: Logix Credit Union Building
1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale, CA 93559
Light Dinner Provided
RSVP by February 23, 2017
About the instructor:
Mr. Sam Stier is Founding Director of the Center for Learning with Nature (www.LearningWithNature.org), a non-profit effort providing curricula and professional development to teachers to enrich STEM engagement in the classroom. Trained as an ecologist, Mr. Stier’s scientific research has been published in scientific journals, his curricula has been published in science teachers’ journals, he has published a book with Chelsea House on the Philippines for young readers, and contributed to a book on biomimicry with Candlewick Press for children. Mr. Stier served for several years as an environmental consultant to the World Bank, The U.S. Peace Corps, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and World Wildlife Fund International. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Curricula Development, and was appointed to the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force by the Office of Planning and Instruction, Department of Education, for the State of Montana in 2012. For six years, Mr. Stier directed the youth education program at the Biomimicry Institute, established by renowned author and sustainable technology guru Janine Benyus (Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature). In addition to directing the Center for Learning with Nature, Mr. Stier is also a faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he teaches Science and Sustainable Design. Mr. Stier holds an M.S. from the School of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, and a B.A. in Communications from Brown University. He currently lives in Iowa his wife, two sons, two cats and – on a good day – the chance appearance of two resident wood chucks in the backyard from the mysterious forest ravine beyond.