Excited about biomimicry and want to learn more?
Through biomimicry education and entrepreneurship, we’re helping people create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.
Interest in biomimicry has skyrocketed over the past decade, and there are now thousands of resources—including books, articles, videos, lesson plans, groups, training programs, and more—available to folks who want to learn, teach, and practice this valuable problem solving approach.
Before you go down a rabbit hole of links, let us take a moment to remind you to go outside, too! Biomimicry offers a whole new way of seeing the world around you. Practice sitting quietly in nature and observing with a curious mind. What do you notice about the plants and animals in your area? What relationships do you see? What patterns? It’s amazing what can be revealed to you when you really start to look.
UB Green is building a national school food culture that promotes youth wellness. We’re connecting kids to real food through a network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs
We build Learning Gardens at scale—at least 100 in any given community. Working at scale not only enables us to work more efficiently and cost-effectively, it also accelerates a shift in food culture within a community. To bring our Learning Gardens and education programming to 50,000+ students is to create a much larger change in a region, ensuring that it chooses and values real food over processed, benefiting the community in the long term.
We currently reach over 250,000 students around the country each day, and now seek to accelerate our growth and deepen our impact by expanding our Learning Gardens and programming to ten total regions by 2020, reaching 500,000 students in 1,000 schools.
Introducting Big Picture Learning
Big Picture is a revolutionary educational framework that has received widespread acclaim from world leaders and experts alike. It puts students at the centre of their own learning by personalising each child’s education. It focuses on real world learning and helps children develop 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, communication, planning and goal setting. It’s considered by many to be the best educational system in the world
It is our vision that all students live lives of their own design, supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential. We move forward prepared to activate the power of schools, systems & education through student-directed, real-world learning. We are activists.
Excited about Energy Cube and want to learn more?
the initial Cube is a high performance smart grid energy production and storage module while being a full educative and full experience concept . However, some readers may not be aware of the fact that our long term plan is to build a wide range of EQBE models, including affordably priced family Energy packs. This is because the overarching purpose of Yoomeyoo (and the reason we funded Yoomeyoo) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a wind/solar electric economy, which we believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution. we believe the industrie can not change the way we consume if the children are not well educated and not in the centrum to help and solve the energy managment problem. We believe that the children will be the « Energy caretakers ».
YooMeYoo sensitizes young people concretely and sustainably by developing processes to stimulate change, especially in the production and storage of energy.
YooMeYoo develops Smart Energy Cubes, interactive modules dedicated to Education and Autonomy
The “Energy Cubes”
1/- Are evolving according to needs.
2/- Enable production, management, storage, sharing of energy with the community.
3/· Assist in the initiation and learning of the computer tool.
- Because I want to stay in connection with my friends and family everywhere at anytime.
- I’m a boy. I like engineer. Mostly boys have geeky mind.
- I need more toys.
- I need a cube for charging my phone when i do camping.
- Because i love technology. It’s fun to have a cube to give energy to my iphone, my pc, my ipad, my ipod, my usb key, my tablet, my mobile, my printer…
- I want to read books all the time, even when light is low.
- To limit the impact of my life on earth
- It’s popular device.
- Its a universal storage cube, it’s energy is universal.
- I need to talk
- I need to know where i am
- Because I need to save all the Energy I use.
- To bring my ideas for cool projects
- To be one of them: Energy Maker.
- It is not only a toy, but a bridge connect child and becoming as an adult.
- It can connect to my other toys so it physically grows as well as my experience/knowledge.
- I can feel more to my family/friends/society.
- Community of quality.
- It feels like a block. I can put them together build up something.
- Because i won’t have to fight with my parents or my sister to get a free connection to charge my mobile.
- Because my friends have one, i need one.
- Because my parents told me that it was a good solution to manage my budget.
- To feel free to move with my own energy. No more battery, low stress.
- For my phone or laptop, i like to listen music everywhere, so with the Cube it is possible
- I need eyes.
- If my friend has one, somehow i feel I want.
- If my friend does not have one, I have one. I’m exceptionnal.
- Perfect as a gift.
- I want a EQBE because it’s an easy way to be active into”green think”. (=eco-friendly).
- Powder of magnets with or without any liquid, that you move with your fingers to “draw”. It’s connected with electricity.
Excited about Smart Grid Experience and want to learn more?
The YooMeYoo Energy Education Development Project is dedicated to promoting an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders.To encourage this, one of our aims is to build a Smart Grid Experience, on the factory site: a large area, constructed to replicate a small city environment, complete with high voltage towers, grid, lights, roads even – navigated by electric carts. To maintain this environment, we want to encourage residents and visitors to work together to ensure everything continues to work. Even children will be able to join these technical teams; helping to repair the solar cells, store energy, and even produce energy.The project is designed to bridge a societal gap, and to bring makers,innovators, and curious young minds together.Our primary audience are schools (6-18 years old), youth centers, children’s charities and non-profit associations. We want to create a dedicated creative, educational space where children can learn autonomously and experiment with energy-focused maker technology; in a safe, proactive environment.To do this, we first need to build a maker community; which is why we’re committed to building a versatile space where they can access tools, workshops, and private areas. We see makers as:Autonomous educators: the link between children and the factoryAble to offer experience and expertise.
Today a city may be referred to as a “smart city” if it develops sustainably whilst meeting the needs of citizens, companies and institutions and whilst putting its resources to best possible use whilst relying on a well-reflected use of information and communications technologies.
In 2014, the specialist group of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) on smart and sustainable cities gave a definition of the smart city by leaning on an analysis of a hundred definitions. Its definition is as follows: A smart and sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communications technologies and other means to improve living standards, efficiency of urban management and urban services and competitiveness whilst meeting the needs of current and future generations in the sectors of the economy, society and the environment.
A smart city therefore feeds on information so as to be able to better manage itself (Do better with less) and provide a higher quality of life whilst using as few resources as possible.
Publics and domains
A smart city project is aimed at several different publics:
- the inhabitants or citizens
- Users of the city
- the municipal administration, a stakeholder in the project
- companies (either because they are users of the city or as partners) including ICT companies
“Smart city” projects generally involve areas such as mobility, energy, governance and e-administration, information, quality of life, safety and connectivity.
In the case of any city, it can play a pilot role within a metropolis region.
STEM education focuses on the introductory level STEM courses, as well as awareness of the STEM fields and occupations. This initial step provides standards-based structured inquiry-based and real world problem-based learning, connecting all four of the STEM subjects. The goal is to pique students’ interest into them wanting to pursue the courses, not because they have to. There is also an emphasis placed on bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning opportunities.
Schools need to take a holistic approach to tackling environmental challenges:
- Both teachers and students need to learn about climate change and its underlying causes.
- Pedagogy needs to encourage collaboration and participation.
- Schools need to engage with their surrounding communities on the topic of climate change.
- Green operations and facilities need to be built.
Yoomeyoo & Illinois State University has designed and implemented a Smart Grid for Schools program, which offers schools the opportunity to learn about the new Smart Grid technology currently being rolled out by the utilities companies in your area. This program engages students, kindergarten-12th grade, with Smart Grid in a fun, hands-on way and incorporates Next Generation Science Standards.
Give your students an unforgettable lesson in Smart Grid technology.
Put your students in-the-know with our classroom workshop presented by industry leaders. Our curriculum is designed to captivate young minds with hands-on activities and experiments to explore electric utility strategy and planning. We also offer training to help teachers present our curriculum into their own lesson plans for an in-depth unit of classroom study.
Become a Certified Smart Grid Educator:
Step 1 – Contact
Contact Bjorn Vidakovic at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the program.
Step 2 – Attend a Smart Grid training session
The Smart Grid Construction Set has several new features that were not available in previous versions. There is a stipend for attending this training.
For more information on Smart Grid training, please email Bjorn Vidakovic at email@example.com or call +32 4 222 13 00
Interested in booking a professional development workshop for your district? Let Bjorn know in your email and we’ll work with you to set one up!
Step 3 – Implement
Implement lesson plans and curriculum in your classrooms.
Step 4 – We’ll visit!
Interactive, hands-on exhibits will visit your school for optimal student learning. There is a stipend available for hosting the exhibits in your school.
View & download Smart Grid Lessons
Learn about SMart Grid Configurations http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu/educators/development/smart-grid-configurations.shtml
Smart Grid for Schools: Construction Set video
Education can help people understand and respond to environmental issues.
- It helps develop the knowledge, skills, and technical solutions needed to change our attitudes and behaviour towards the Environmental
- Education is clearly shown to be the best tool for raising climate change awareness.
- Education improves disaster preparedness and reduces vulnerability to climate-related disasters.
- Green schools, well-designed curricula, and hands-on learning outside of school can strengthen people’s connection with nature.
Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all
The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also shows that education needs a major transformation to fulfill that potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. There is an urgent need for greater headway in education. On current trends, the world will achieve universal primary education in 2042, universal lower secondary education in 2059 and universal upper secondary education in 2084. This means the world would be half a century late for the 2030 SDG deadline.
Why Autonomy in Education Should Be Schools’ Primary Goal
What are the kind of adults we want our children to grow up to be? This is a crucial question that influences most decisions parents make on behalf of their children, including decisions around education. Many parents would value accountability, responsibility and self-motivation in their adult child, but most past and current education models aren’t suited to fostering those traits. Schools that encourage autonomy in education, however, are.
Traditional education prioritizes a smoothly functioning society, not necessarily a self-sufficient and fulfilled person.
If we look back at the history of education, initially, education was aimed at communal socialization. A certain set of attitudes, behaviour and habits were cultivated, but there was no need — and therefore no attempt — to provide a rationale for doing so, other than that these values ensured the community survived “together” in tough conditions with few resources. Individual choices were relegated behind the greater good, which was usually decided by an authority figure.
The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century changed that aim of education – but it was still tailored to society’s benefit; schools shifted focus to producing human beings with predictable levels of skill and controllable levels of knowledge, much like the cogs of a machine. This model, more or less, is still the most common one in schools today, where students learn by a defined time table that determines when they study, what subject, even when they eat lunch or can take a break.
But while it might have met the needs of the past, it is terribly misaligned with what is needed today. Today’s circumstances are different – poverty is in decline and people have better access to resources; production is increasingly mechanised; increasingly stable governments mean that citizens need to participate less in the process of nation building. For this to happen, children should be able to think independently and critically, and give reasons for their choices.
Autonomy in education fosters the skills children need to be an independent adult who challenges and contributes to a diverse, democratic society.
Contemporary education is shifting purpose once again, to producing individuals who demonstrate independence in thought and action, think rationally, and are capable of critical participation in the societies they live in. And the main method of doing this is by providing greater autonomy in education.
What is autonomy in education?
What does autonomy in education do for kids long-term?
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