Designed by Nature

Available at both Melbourne & Cranbourne Gardens

Designed by Nature

Learn how nature can be used for design inspiration and problem-solving through STEM and biomimicry. 

Students will observe the tried and tested biological strategies and patterns of nature and design their own nature-inspired STEM ideas for a healthier planet. 

The Department of Education and Training are funding high-ability students from government schools to participate in this program at no cost through the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series. To find out more click here

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Melbourne & Cranbourne Gardens

Year level

Year Seven to Year Ten

Session 1: Bio-design Introduction

Students will

  • Learn examples of bio-inspired inventions and come face-to-face with the plants and systems that influenced them.
  • Identify the tried and tested biological strategies of nature through guided nature observation
  • Come up with their own nature-inspired ideas

Session 2: Student Design Challenge

Students will

  • Become biomimics, practicing nature-inspired engineering.
  • Utilise design thinking and STEM skills to apply the practice of biomimicry in a Design Challenge

Key focuses

  • Hands-on learning and sharing ideas
  • Adaptations
  • Science and Technology

Student Experiences Include

  • Distinguishing between ‘learning from’ and ‘learning about’ plants
  • Exploring the function and form of plants
  • Engaging in systems thinking
  • Applying nature-inspired solutions to solve a student challenge (full day only)

Curriculum Links

  • Level 7 - 10 Integrated STEM, Science, Mathematics,Technology, Design, and Critical and Creative Thinking 

Full-day program (Session 1 and 2)

10.15am – 2.15pm

Program Cost

Full day $27 per student

Meeting Point

Education entrance, Observatory House at Melbourne Gardens


Meet at the Visitors Centre at Cranbourne Gardens

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