At a Glance

Discipline

  • Applied Arts

Instructional Level

  • University

Course

  • Design

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Discussing
  • Writing
  • Presenting

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Adobe suite
  • PowerPoint
  • Keynote

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Overview

To apply biomimetic methodology to synthesize a biomimetic design; in other words to apply the biology of an organism to help create a design.

Students do research on biomimetic design to deliver the following: 3 bio-data sheets that communicate functional strategies in an organism or system in nature; 3 examples of biomimicry technologies; and 1 biomimetic design that is abstracted from 1 of 3 organisms.

Students create a poster (11 in x 17 in format) which showcases a biomimetic design synthesized by the student using biomimetic methodology. The poster should be anonymous.

In class: Students pin up their posterAll students get 20 minutes to individually critique the posters ...

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To apply biomimetic methodology to synthesize a biomimetic design; in other words to apply the biology of an organism to help create a design.

Students do research on biomimetic design to deliver the following: 3 bio-data sheets that communicate functional strategies in an organism or system in nature; 3 examples of biomimicry technologies; and 1 biomimetic design that is abstracted from 1 of 3 organisms.

Students create a poster (11 in x 17 in format) which showcases a biomimetic design synthesized by the student using biomimetic methodology. The poster should be anonymous.

In class: Students pin up their posterAll students get 20 minutes to individually critique the posters from three different levels: 6 ft (Does the poster draw you in? Do you get the overall concept?); 3 ft (After reading a few words, would you want to keep reading it?); and 1 ft (assess the details of the poster)

For 1 hour, the instructor critiques (formative assessment) some of the posters with the class (what worked, what didn't work etc.)

After a 15 minute break, for the remainder of the class (1.5 hours), students edit their posters based on feedback from the instructor and from their peers and work on the rest of their project.

Students finish editing posters and working on their project. They submit a digital booklet (11 in x 17 in format) to the online course website.

The following week, the students each do a 10 min presentation (typically using PowerPoint) of their project including the final draft of their poster).

Students are assessed with a grading rubric on the following: level of biological abstraction, level of contribution and presentation.

This design project was used is a class of 25 students.

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Instructional Objectives

  • To understand what comprises a visually appealing, clear, and engaging poster.
  • To apply biomimicry methodology to synthesize a biomimetic design.
  • To understand what comprises a visually appealing, clear, and engaging poster.
  • To apply biomimicry methodology to synthesize a biomimetic design.

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Biomimicry Pin-ups

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Biomimicry slideshow

Student instructions

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Project Assignment Outline

Assessment

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Contributor's Notes

Benefits

The class works together to critique the posters. The process is anonymous because the names are not on the posters. The class gets a good idea of what the instructor is looking for the final version based on the many examples reviewed.

Challenges

It is difficult to critique all of the posters (but not necessarily required).

Tips

Give the students instructions on how to assess the posters; perhaps the instructor can go through how he assesses a poster first before the students critique the posters. Explain how to give constructive criticism. Outline how to critique in a cooperative and collaborative fashion (how can we make the whole class to succeed? When we critique, we want to bring students up.).

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Project-based Instruction
  2. 2
    Gallery Walk