Uncovering Students’ Ideas About Using Designs From Nature

I was recently reading the January/February 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section, “Formative Assessment Probes,” written by Page Keeley.  She wrote an article entitled, “Uncovering Students’ Ideas About Using Designs From Nature.” 

Scientists seek to understand the natural world, while engineers solve problems in a human-designed world.  While there are similarities and differences between the work of scientists and engineers, some students may think the natural world applies only to science.