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Saturday, October 22 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Biomimicry Education

Engineering, the "E" in "STEM" education, is becoming a part of public school education for the first time, and teachers are scrambling to find appropriate, engaging ways to teach this important discipline. And what can better convey the complexity of principles such as aerodynamics, suspension, or fuel efficiency than, say, a dragonfly crossing the Gulf of Mexico on "one tank" of fuel? Biomimicry is increasingly being looked to as an important model for STEM. In this session, some leading educators from K-12 and higher education environments explore how biomimicry can inspire creativity, engage a high percentage of girls in STEM, and foster greater respect for the natural world. With: Tiffany Roberts, highly experienced multi-disciplinary teacher and biomimicry educator, currently at Rohnert Park’s groundbreaking Credo High School; Sayuri Yamanaka, co-founder of the sustainability consultancy, Punto Verde; Timothy Bingham & Emily Liebenberg, teachers in San Diego’s Kearny High’s School of Engineering, Innovation and Design; Hosted by Megan Schuknecht, Director of Design Challenges, Biomimicry Institute.


Workshop Speakers
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Timothy Bingham

Timothy Bingham, Program Manager for Strategic Energy Innovation's Education Team, was formerly the lead engineering and architecture pathway instructor at the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design in San Diego. A PLTW (Project Lead The Way) master teacher, training teachers from across the country in the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture curriculum, he was named PLTW California Engineering Teacher of the Year in... Read More →
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Emily Liebenberg

Emily Liebenberg, a 9-year veteran English teacher at San Diego’s Kearny High’s School of Engineering, Innovation and Design, specializes in engaging students through inter-disciplinary “Linked Learning” project-based learning. Prior to teaching, Emily lived in Africa, where she worked in community-based tourism operations.
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Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts, co-founder of Credo High School (CHS), teaches Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sculpture, and the country’s first high school Biomimicry course, “Engineering Inspired by Nature,” designed by The Center for Learning with Nature. She leads the development of CHS as the nation’s first “One Planet” School, adopting and teaching the world’s most rigorous sustainability standards.
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Megan Schuknecht

Megan Schuknecht, a Missoula, Montana-based biologist by training whose career has entwined ecology, education, sustainability, design, and environmental health, currently leads design challenges, an accelerator program, and university partnerships for the Biomimicry Institute.
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Sayuri Yamanaka

Sayuri Yamanaka, a co-founder of Punto Verde, a sustainability consultancy serving Spanish-speaking communities in North America, also designs educational and service-learning programs for youth and children and educates bilingual audiences about sustainability and systems thinking. With academic backgrounds in sustainability, ecology and international commerce, she previously worked for several Mexican and U.S. environmental organizations... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room