“I could not have spent my time any better than this. In an age where we have the NGSS directing us to think about teaching science differently and when we have industries saying we need students who have learned differently, this curriculum and the professional development provided tools for addressing both of those forces.”

Dr. Brett Criswell, College of Education, University of Kentucky

“The Center for Learning with Nature has given me a powerful tool to help students unlock their potential engineering and design capacities. Our school uses the entire Engineering Inspired by Nature curriculum. It is the culminating course of our Environmental Science class as it allows our seniors to synthesize their prior knowledge in all the sciences and apply it to a technological or societal challenges using top notch engineering and design principles. The curriculum is an inspiring and empowering way for students to see the problems of today and create the innovative solutions for tomorrow. Our students finish the course feeling more confident and inspired in their move toward college and see the sciences and engineering fields as new possibilities.”

Ms. Tiffany Roberts, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Credo High School, California

“This course has been, without a doubt, my most absolute favorite course we’ve had at school so far! I wish we could have it all year like we have math. The lessons were so unbelievably fascinating! I loved getting to learn about so many amazing, remarkable creatures and learning how certain things work. I’ve noticed that I’m more aware of the products and technologies we use and the way things, human-made and in nature, function. Overall, I enjoyed the class immensely and took so much away from it.”

Ashlynn, high school junior

“I cannot tell you how excited I am to integrate this curriculum into my classes. And the fact that this curriculum is turnkey will make it much easier for me. This curriculum ticks so many boxes for me. Critical thinking skills, project based learning, engineering design, creativity, interdisciplinary,  STEM/STEAM, environmental sustainability, prototyping, etc. This curriculum is a perfect example of 21st century education.”

Mr. Brian Hoover, Technical Design Instructor, Hellgate High School, Missoula, Montana

“I absolutely plan to use this in my classroom. I’ve been a little daunted by the requirement of including engineering into my courses, and I really like the way this curriculum builds on itself to break big, abstract ideas and processes into something more manageable. I can’t wait to go back and share!”

Ms. Joye Beth Spinks, Ohio County High School, Kentucky

“I thought that the course was extremely fascinating. I enjoyed learning about the extent to which we can apply nature to humankinds’ problems. I would say that this course has influenced me in that I now realize that science can be as ingeniously creative as it is methodical and about experimentation. Before this class I typically thought of science as all experiments and equations or discoveries. Biomimietics opened up a different side of science for me.”

Natalie, high school junior

“This course will be better, more useful and applied than any other college level courses in engineering taught at high schools.”

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, California State Polytechnic University

“My students LOVE it! What you have written is so clear and easy to follow.  The kids are really engaged because of this.  I find the information so interesting and fun that the students pick up on my energy too.  ‘Wait till you try this… or hear about this!!’ I had them reflect in a journal on the dismantling project – one of them wrote, ‘The best project I’ve done at school.’ He’s a senior!  And one of the girls completely took apart one of the cell phones and none of the boys could duplicate what she had done – she’s still walking a few inches off the ground! All of these little daily steps will build awareness in this generation and lead to bigger steps in the future.  Knowledge/awareness move us forward.  Your curriculum and my instruction is making that knowledge both accessible and challenging to students who live on or below the poverty line, teaching them to think critically and globally.”

Liz Collins-Adams, Boston Green Academy

“Since beginning our class I have been looking at the world differently and I can see the possibilities that Earth gives us. The course was amazing, don’t change anything.”

Max, high school junior

“This was, by far, the BEST online PD I have ever experienced—and I have participated in many over the years. This class has DEFINITELY changed the way I see the world.”

Bridget Lewin, M. Ed, UC Santa Barbara, Science Education Consultant for all Elementary Teachers (K-6th grade) within the Santa Barbara Unified School District

“I feel that this class has offered me a mind blowing professional development experience!  A tsunami inside me is bursting to share all that I learned in our class with my students.  The curriculum was fantastic! Very well organized and easily accessible. I echo what everyone shared about this experience, you, and the content of our class – IT WAS AMAZING! Thank you!”

Lillian Ortiz, IC Community School, Oakland, CA

“I loved the course, not only did it open my eyes and mind to new ideas, but it stimulated my imagination. So good!”

Nadia, high school senior

“This PD was a wealth of information. It was probably the best bridge between the ‘content’ NGSS standards and the engineering practices that I have seen to date.”

Laryssa Cybriwsky, 6th Grade and 8th Grade Integrated Science, Eminence Independent School, Eminence, KY

“Unlike any other – in a great way! It encouraged me to think in a completely different way and made me get excited about sharing biomimicry with my students. Outstanding use of my summer break time. I can’t say that about most PD opportunities.”

Heidi Thompson-Abell, K-5 STEM Lab, Squires Elementary, Lexington, KY

“This was a fantastic course. I learned a lot and am now really inspired to follow along this path. The final project gave me a new goal in life.”

Mandy, high school sophomore

“I honestly have a hard time with online courses and rarely can finish them but this biomimicry course was so captivating. I didn’t want to miss a minute because the information shared was so rich and continuously inspired new ideas. This course is the most delicious meal for the mind and it comes with my highest recommendations. It was so refreshing to see how an online course can be so engaging and successfully facilitated.”

Marika Ramsden, program developer, Westminster Wood Environmental Education, Summerfield Waldorf School, Santa Rosa

“I thought that the course opened new doors for me into the future and for my generation. It taught me to be more clearer in how I see the things around me now. It influenced me to be more creative and careful in our world.”

Nick, high school senior

“I feel even more educated on the subject and appreciative of how these products work and why nature is so good at what it does. I feel more inspired to make a change.”

Isabelle, high school junior

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