Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Like a Tree- An Online Installation

For the first Action Project in the Bioneers 101 Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:

How would a tree...? 

Here's the scenario students were challenged with:
You are working for a biomimicry design firm, and are in the early stages of research for a new product. You will be presenting your research to your board of directors, and they would like to know about plants and what we can learn from them.  First, identify a plant species that intrigues you, then create a poster to present to the board that includes what you learned about it, what you can learn from it, and how that information can be applied to human design.
Check out how the students' plant-inspired designs by clicking on the different plants in the meadow.

Alignment with Common Core Math & NextGen Standards

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

How does the environment influence populations of organisms over multiple generations?

What is biodiversity, how do humans affect it, and how does it affect humans?

Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

1. Patterns. Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

6. Structure and function. The way in which an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine many of its properties and functions.


  1. Congratulations to GCE Students and thanks for sharing these Project Results -- enjoyed having you visit us at Interface Companies Chicago -- Steve Arbaugh

    1. Thank you, Steve! And thank you to everyone at Interface for allowing us to see the amazing work you guys do. We were truly inspired to rethink and redesign the linear production of our favorite products.


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