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Authentic Engineering Design STEM Lessons with Scientific Inquiry, Biomimicry, Entomology, and 3D printing technology
Clean Sweep
Students will describe and illustrate the feeding relationships of aquatic food webs. They will communicate environmental issues of plastic pollution in marine habitats in a mass media format. They will predict buoyancy of an object using mathematics and predictive analysis.
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Animal Armor
Students study different types of arthropods and design 3D printed body armor for stuffed animals based on exoskeletons.  Students will present the 3D product with a tri-fold at the student art show. 
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Build a bug: Designing a Predator Insect
The students will research what makes a good predator to design and 3D print a prototype of the ideal predatory insect.
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Nature’s Origami
Lesson focuses on teams of students using nature-derived inspiration to design a functioning solar panel that can charge a cell phone. Students study the need for renewable energy production and use knowledge of folding patterns in nature to create their
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National High School Fishing Lure Design Contest

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, award # DRL – 1513248. Any opinions, and findings expressed in this material are the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.​

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