Modules

  • 4 Lessons

    A Breath of Fresh Air

    Learners apply their knowledge to design a living, hanging green wall. Through this project, learners gain a deeper understanding of air quality, air pollution and the impacts of low-quality air on our health. 

    The living wall projects act as one solution (of many) for improved air quality within school spaces. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Air all around us

    In this module, students discover that air is everywhere, and they explore that explore the fact that most living things on Earth depend upon it for their very existence. Students get to use their senses and observe air through visual and hands-on activities.

  • 5 Lessons

    Biomimicry and Biology

    Biomimicry is an ever-evolving and fascinating field of study which aims to extract inspiration from Nature through form, function and design. This module challenges the scientist, designer and biologist in your learners by immersing them in challenging activities that blend the worlds of biomimicry and biology together. Biomimicry will change the way you and your learners perceive nature and natural solutions.  

  • 5 Lessons

    Biomimicry and Chemistry

    This module brings the exciting topic of research and application of Biomimicry into the finite world of Chemistry. Learners are engaged with fascinating topics, challenges and developments that combine the sciences. 
    Based in design thinking, this module also challenges the creative minds of the learners in developing and brainstorming solution-based ideas to real-world challenges. 
    Biomimicry has been a part of human society for ages, even though we may not be aware of it. We are only now unpacking the fine-tuned brilliance that nature has to offer us. 

  • 5 Lessons

    Biomimicry and Physics

    Biomimicry is an ever-evolving and fascinating field of study which aims to extract inspiration from Nature through form, function and design. This module challenges the scientist, designer and physicist in your learners by immersing them in challenging activities that blend the worlds of biomimicry and the physical sciences together. 

    Biomimicry will change the way you and your learners perceive nature and natural solutions.  

  • 3 Lessons

    Bodies in Motion

    The act of getting from A to B has evolved tremendously over time. Transportation is introduced to the learners in this module in wonderful ways. A large focus is placed on human-powered transport methods such as walking and cycling which promote a healthy lifestyle. 
    This module shows the young learners that transport can be healthy, fun and effective. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Brainstorming a Variety of Solutions

    In this module, students begin generating solutions to the design question they explored in Module 3. They look at several ideas from different perspectives, examining the assumptions and beliefs they bring to those ideas. Students organize their ideas around themes and pick one as the design solution that best fits their priorities. Then they make their design solution idea more tangible with a sketch, talking points, and quick model. Students refine and improve their solution idea by soliciting feedback from their peers.
  • 4 Lessons

    Choosing and Refining a Solution

    In this module,students take their chosen design solution to another level by assessing its strengths and weaknesses against the triple-bottom line, by creating a business model to describe their fine-tuned plan, by prototyping and iterating, and then by creating a strategic action plan. With continuous feedback from their stakeholders, this module helps convert their idea into reality and prepares them to begin sharing and selling their solutions in the final module.
  • 3 Lessons

    Clean Air Guardians

    In this module, students are taught the importance of personal health and wellbeing and explore how polluted air can affect your health in the long term. Air is not visible and students learn that pollution is therefore not visible with the naked eye. Students learn how to advocate for clean air and brainstorm ways they can lessen their impact on overall air pollution.

  • 3 Lessons

    Earth Waters Our Lives

    This module introduces the learners to the most important resource available to us - Water. Without this resource, life as we know it will cease to exist. It rejuvenates, replenishes and upholds the systems that maintain our ecosystem functioning and livelihood. 
    This module brings learners into this world through practical activities whereby they explore the importance of sustaining our water resources as well as some of the consequences of poor management. But most of all, this module teaches us to value water as a resource. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Energy in Action

    This module is designed to provide a practical and engaging framework upon which learners can better understand energy; the various forms of energy and ways in which we can conserve energy in our communities. 
    Engaging our youth in vital topic such as this one are vital to the sustainable future we strive for. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Energy is Everywhere

    The sources of energy that we rely on will one day run dry. This hard fact will have to force us to seek alternative sources of energy for the daily lifestyles we choose. 
    This module showcases the various types of energy available to us and irons out which ones we need to start relying on more vs. the ones that we need to move on from. 
    Through practical and engaging activities, learners get to learn more about the world of energy. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Exploring the Issue at Greater Depth

    The purpose of this module is for students to explore in greater depth the design problem that interests them. Continue to encourage students to avoid thinking of solutions - that will happen in the next module. For now, they are looking at various aspects and angles of the problem itself to form a better understanding of the problem and to develop empathy for people who are affected by it. Students participate in various activities and conduct research to better understand the problem, to gain insights and build empathy with stakeholders, and to investigate existing design solutions.
  • 3 Lessons

    Food for the Future

    This module, allows students to explore where their food comes from. Students learn the history of agriculture, how humans have fed themselves over the last few thousand years and discover that agriculture has changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Students then learn how something very small - a seed - is very important and why they need to store seeds. Finally - the module ends off with learners exploring the concept of food security and look at some of the causes of food insecurity.

  • 9 Lessons

    Free Lessons

    These free lessons are stand alone lessons from the Biomimicry; Sustainability Intelligence and Business for Social Good curricula.
    Each lesson has been equipped with a detailed lesson plan, teacher presentation, rubrics and learner worksheets and/or activities.

    These lessons are suited perfectly at the educator seeking to nurture and include environmental literacy, social entrepreneurship and an interest in green careers into their classroom. Flexible in design, these lessons and projects are easy to use in your educational setting.

  • 7 Lessons

    From Linear to Circular – A Product Redesign

    How much do we really know about how the everyday products we use were actually made; or where the material needed is sourced; or who was involved in the processes that brought the product into your hands? This module takes the learners on a journey of unpacking all the details of the processes and resources used in producing, transporting and disposing everyday products.

    Learners are tasked with identifying a product they use relatively often, and modifying it to become less harmful on the environment and human health; more local, and to become a part of the functioning and growing Circular Economy.

    This project encompasses Project-based Learning and challenges the learners to learn through the process of better understanding how a particular product is made and then attempting to better that to be geared toward a more sustainable future. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Fueling society

    In this module, students learn about natural resources that humans dig out the ground (such as coal) or pump (such as oil or natural gas) from the Earth's crust. They then learn about the power of the atom and how beneficial and how lethal (in the long term) nuclear energy can be. Students then explore alternative technologies in electricity generation. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Getting Around

    In this module, students cover traditional fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and then start reviewing the most common alternative vehicles. Students then explore how transportation systems have evolved as human populations have transitioned from most people living in rural areas to more people living in urban areas. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Great Spaces

    This module challenges the young learners to rethink about public spaces and what function they set out to serve in a community. Furthermore, learners will engage with ideas of community engagement with the public spaces around us.

    Public spaces exist all around us and all of them have the potential to be great. This module guides the learners in discovering what that looks like and how it happens. 

  • 1 Lesson

    Green Spaces

    This one-lesson module deals with an ever-evolving and exciting topic - Sustainable Urban Planning & Green Cities. This will be a prevailing topic in years to come as cities grapple with the large challenges associated with human impact. More so than ever, we are required to develop innovative solutions for large scale urban challenges.