BioLearn II provides biomimciry learning and inspiration to primary schools across Europe. It offers children aged 9-12 years hands-on activities to explore the natural world, start to understand who nature is a sustainable system, and apply this learning to the human built world.
BioLearn II builds on the hugely successful BioLearn project for secondary education. Wild Awake is leading a U.K. team to deliver BioLearn, a pan-European project with partners in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
BioLearn II is based on the principles of biominicry, the science and art of mimicking the best ideas from nature to solve human problems.
It is clear that current approaches to achieving environmental sustainability and addressing climate change are not achieving change fast enough. Whilst a good first step, we need bolder approaches to tackling Europe’s environmental and climate challenges. Biomimicry offers a bold approach, one based on 3.8 billion years of research conducted by nature.
BioLearn II helps young people think about what sort of future they would like. How can they contribute to that future? Can it become reality? BioLearn II provides pupils with the core competences to observe and question the natural world, to understand how nature provides lessons for humans to live sustainability, and encourage pupils to become curious as to how they can make a contribution. Critically, biomimicry offer a hopeful set of practices for a better and sustainable future, not the doom, gloom limited vision offered by many education programmes.
BioLearn II wants to deliver learning which can tangibly contribute to schools supporting a more sustainable Europe. We want to use biomimicry as a uniquely valuable pedagogical teaching practice because of its dramatic potential to engage students’ interests and generate excitement. No subject can be taught successfully if it doesn’t generate sufficient student interest. Because student interest is a pre-requisite to learning, teacher pedagogies must be evaluated with this all important criterion in mind. Fortunately, biomimicry education has a track record of success in generating student interest, as well as a strong theoretical foundation to explain its merit.
A Framework for Biomimicry Learning
What do good biommicry learning resources look like? What should be included? Our learning framework offers educators a series of themed questions to explore when creating learning resources. It is not a tick list, but rather questions to reflect upon during planning and delivery.
Read the learning framework here.
To deliver BioLearn, Wild Awake is working with:
The Magosfa Foundation (Hungary)
Centrum environmentálnych aktivít (Slovakia)
SEVER - Středisko ekologické výchovy SEVER Horní Maršov, o.p.s. (Czech)
Bioregional Learning Centre (UK)
The project is funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme.