Primary and Secondary Education
The curriculae for primary and secondary education in Germany are currently undergoing major changes, partly as a reaction to the international PISA studies. It has becomes obvious that traditional divisions of science like biology, chemistry, and physics cannot be strictly separated any longer. The accumulation and reproduction of pure facts often used as indicators for learning success are not seen anymore as adequate learning goals in our increasingly complex world. A more general and yet more profound understanding of science, scientific thinking, and scientific methods is necessary to cope with the flood of information that we have to face today. Soft skills, like communication skills, team working, and creative thinking, are essential tools for a career in science or industry. Bionics is based on a transdisciplinary approach, emphasizing the communication of experts from different fields and carrying out projects in teams to cover the whole range from basic research to technical application and industrial development. Subsequently, numerous amendments of curriculae are now incorporating bionics as a modern model of doing science.
There is, however, still a lack of well-prepared bionics-related teaching materials. Several centers of BIOKON are therefore developing teaching modules focusing on bionics and biomechanics, the methodological base of bionics. All BIOKON centers with special interest in didactics and teaching are grouped in the BIOKON committee A2. The following linked pages introduce the concept of nature-oriented learning as developed by the BIOKON center Münster. Teachers can specifically learn about projects on bionics and biomechanics in school, which can be employed in science teaching or various other subjects.