What’s included in this module?
|Teacher resources||5 x lesson plans|
5 x presentations
5 x teachers notes
12 x sample answer sheets
1 x supporting article
|Learner resources||5 x worksheets|
4 x student notes
1 x design challenge
3 x supporting articles
1 x key terms page
|Projects – experiments||2 x biomimicry design activities|
1 x research project
2 x activities
Module key questions
• What have humans learned from Namib Desert beetles about how to catch water from air? What physical and behavioural adaptations allow Namib Desert beetles to survive with limited water?
• How do bees coordinate their behaviour to select a new location for a hive?
• How can principles of swarm intelligence be applied in human systems and computing?
• What are some examples of biomimetic products inspired by swarm intelligence?
• How do natural ecosystems stay in balance?
• What is industrial ecology, and why should we care about it?
• How do natural systems, such as wetlands, regulate excess nutrients?
• How can humans mimic nature to avoid upsetting the balance in natural systems?
• What properties and structures allow bones to be both lightweight and strong?
• How could we use biomimicry and our understanding of the bones to create new innovations?
|Grade | Ages||Grade 10-12 | 15-18 years|
|CAPS subject||Life sciences / biology|
|Subject strand||Life processes in plants and animals |
Diversity, change and continuity
|Sub-topics||Ecosystem balance and functioning |
Restoration and reparation
Human impact on the environment
Human anatomy and bone structure and function
This Module includes:
- Aligned content: This content is aligned with:Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
- A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
- Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).