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Biomimicry and Inspiration

January 19 - January 20


Biomimicry is a growing field of scientific inquiry and technological application to the real world. It can inspire students’ interest in science, the natural world, and the built environment while teaching skills in observation, research, and critical thinking. Participants will engage in activities introducing biologically inspired technology, why it is important (and fascinating!), and provide them with opportunities to research their own solutions to human or environmental challenges. This workshop is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, particularly those regarding engineering solutions.

Location: at the Zoo
When: 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: $50 per person (does not include license renewal fee)

The Blank Park Zoo invites educators to participate in our unique, fun-filled, and informative workshops.

Each workshop is worth one hour of recertification credit through Heartland AEA. Information regarding credit registration will be provided prior to each workshop. All workshop activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Iowa Core for science, with connections to literacy, math, and social studies.

By attending one or more of these workshops, teachers will be eligible to schedule a free classroom animal program at the zoo, or a discounted program in their classrooms. A free program may also be done via Zoom or other electronic means.

Registration and prepayment are required.

Click here to register.


January 19
January 20
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Blank Park Zoo
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Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
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