Jan. 9th - Feb. 13th, Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm OR Jan. 11th - Feb. 15th Thursdays 11am-12:30pm
$120 for 6 week course (Ages 5-12) or ages 10+ (inquire)
Attention please! We need some creative minds to problem
solve for our future! How will we do that? Nature may very well hold the
answers and biomimicry is the key. Did you know that the beak of a kingfisher
bird inspired high speed trains? Or that the squids color changing skin helped
us design futuristic camouflage? There are more effective wind tunnel models
and turbines inspired by humpback whale flippers that improve the safety and
performance of even airplanes. The animal world is full of crazy adaptations
that people can learn from. Investigate the world of motion, machines, and
technology as we take a look at how the human world is inspired by nature to
solve day to day problems. Investigators will meet some of our Eco animals and
watch how they move, eat and use their adaptions to survive. Using them as live
inspiration to draw up their own wild Biometry designs, investigations will
create a model prototype of their inventions. Will you create shoes that let
you walk up a wall like a gecko or a fight suit that lets you soar like an
eagle? Join us and find out as we put our imagination skills to the test.
Eco Adventures is a hands-on learning environment. Students will have ample opportunities to touch and hold some of our wonderful animal ambassadors! We also utilize artifacts, pelts, skeletons, tracks, etc. to make your student’s learning experience truly unique with hands-on lab activities!
Classes are taught by our amazing staff of environmental & animal specialists/biologists, herpetologists such as National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologists. Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
In the first class students will be introduced to the world of biomimicry. Does anyone know what the word "biomimicry" means? Who has heard the expression, "Nature knows best"? Well, biomimicry is a way of learning from nature. It is a way to observe nature in action and use that knowledge to inspire new ideas. Engineers often use these ideas to develop cool new products or better ways to do things to help people. Students will learn all about biomimicry and how engineers look at the amazing characteristics of animals and plants to create new or improved product design
So, you think a snake is a snake is a snake?? Not so fast my friend…in this class students will learn what makes a snake a snake? Snakes might just look like a head connected to a long tail, but in reality, their engineering and body plan have made them one of the most successful animals on the planet. Students will learn all about snakes’ unique adaptations, anatomy, locomotion, and way of life, all through hands-on interactions with live snakes. Students will even get to put their engineering skills to the test as they build their very own snake-like contraption to illustrate how their anatomy works!
Have you ever wondered why animals are so hard to find in nature? They just seem to have a special skill at hiding from us, and for good reason, for in nature, it's eat or be eaten! Camouflage is everything in the ultimate game of hide and seek! In this class students will take a closer look at how certain animals can change color, hide themselves, build structures that camouflage, or are masters of illusion and mimicry! How do they do it? Students will get all the answers as they learn about color mixing and how animals utilize colors to their advantage. Throwing art into the mix they will even get to use watercolors to create their very own camouflage, and have a beautiful piece of artwork to take home! You do not want to hide from this class!
Animals have many marvelous means of movement! From slithering and rolling, to jumping and flying, these are quite a few ways to move around. Some types of animal locomotion have even inspired human technology, and even self defense techniques like martial arts. In this very active class, students will learn about different types of movement by moving along side of our live animal demonstrations. Who has a better jump, a tree frog or a kid? Can you walk like a gator, or slither like a snake? We will be testing human against animals and all answers will be revealed! Students will even get to participate in a lab where we build our own animal movement machine!
In this class, students will literally be getting charged up for nature! You'll be shocked to know that there are many animals in nature that use energy as a way of life. Electric eels, lightning bugs, glow worms, and many more utilize electricity to survive. Some of them use bioluminescence to communicate, while others use the electricity to defend themselves. Students will examine all of the ways that animals use this energy source in their lives and how exactly it all works. Then we will combine all of this new found knowledge together to create our own working lightning bugs!
In this popular class, Dr. Brady Barr recounts some amazing moments interacting with many of the most dangerous animals on the planet and how science, technology, engineering and math allowed him to live to tell about it!!! From using math to determine the danger zone around snakes, engineering to design his famous crocodile disguise, technology that allows him to literally see in the dark or determine the size of a charging rhino, Dr. B dives head first into the word of STEM and how it is important to all of us…not just scientists trying to survive wild animal interactions. During this class, students will love Dr. B's highlight clips from his popular TV series as well as live animal examples and hands on technology that all make for a highly entertaining and educational presentation. As Dr. B often says, “I'm armed with the scientific method and STEM and I'm not afraid to use them!!!”.