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.
Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Science 1: Survival—features and behaviours
Science 2: Forces
Science 3: Biodiversity, Ecosystems
Science 4: Adaptations, Biomes
Questioning and predicting
Planning and conducting
Applying and innovating
- March–June 2020
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