All Field Trips

Animal Architects

THIS GALLERY EXPERIENCE EXPANDS ON CHILDREN'S NATURAL CURIOSITY ABOUT THE HOMES THAT ANIMALS BUILD. THROUGH EXPLORATION OF EACH DESIGN, STUDENTS WILL GAIN RESPECT FOR NON-HUMAN CONSTRUCTIONS AND BECOME MORE CURIOUS ABOUT HUMAN ARCHITECTURE.

What will happen in the Animal Architects program?

We will begin by exploring what key characteristics and forces provide strength and stability in structures. Students will compare the amazing engineering abilities of animals to human engineering, while discovering why animals modify materials to create complex structures. A portion of this program will include exploration of the Search: Sara Stern Gallery, to identify real examples and artifacts of animal engineering.

Keywords:

StrengthStabilityForce
GeometryAdaptationBiome
CommunityEcosystemHabitat

Grade Levels

Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4

Curriculum Links

Science 1: Survival—features and behaviours
Science 2: Forces
Science 3: Biodiversity, Ecosystems
Science 4: Adaptations, Biomes

Curricular Competencies:
Questioning and predicting
Planning and conducting
Applying and innovating
Evaluating

Availability

  • March–June 2020

Language

  • English

Additional Information

15–30 students, 30 maximum

More about engineering at TELUS World of Science:

Tinkering Space: The Worksafe BC Gallery: Build structures using planks or dowels
Eureka! Gallery: Water table—experiment with dam building and see how structures influence water
Search: Sara Stern Gallery—Ant nest, bird nest, beehive, beaver lodge