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Bridges, highways, scaffolds: how the amazing engineering of army ants can teach us to build better

 MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

1. In teams of 3 - 4 students, you are to critically analyse the following article from The Conversation 20 April 2021 using the Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes

Firstly, view the following video:

Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes

2. Individually each member of the team is to draw up a page exactly like the Cornell method.

3. Read the article. Re-read the article.

The Conversation

4. Individually, write up the notes using the Cornell method.

5. To critically analyse this article you are to

  • make sure that your audience understands the major points without much difficulty - note down the facts and figures and points of interest.

  • write up 3 - 4 questions you want answered in the left hand column

  • entertain the reader: see what emotions are caused by the article and how does it personally influence and inspire you. (Source: Nerdify)

  • after discussion with your group, summarise the main points at the bottom of the page. Remember to do all this by hand. If you want to know why taking notes by hand is important read

6. Using Voki, create a ONE minute group presentation about this article that is informative and entertaining.



7. Optional Extra: Biomimicry in Engineering
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PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary


Lesson focuses on the concept of Biomimicry and students learn how engineers have incorporated structures and methods from the living world in products and solutions for all industries. Students then work in teams to develop a structure or system based on an example in nature that would help people living on the moon. They design their structure on paper, learn about patents, and share their designs with the class.

Lesson Plan
Student Handouts

Time: 2 x 45 mins


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