The sixth-graders are studying the concept of Biomimicry, where they use an idea from nature and apply it to a problem.
The students research with teacher John Blaser and then go into the classroom next door to build with Tom Boissonnault. The two paired up about four years ago.
“It is the best way to teach,” said Boissonnault. “This draws on their strengths allowing them to be creative. The students come up with the idea and we watch it develop.”
Boissonnault said the concept of biomimicry can be seen in hospitals where more germ-free surfaces have been developed and high speed trains mimic the beaks on birds.