On Tuesday, October 10, all Grade 10 students took part in a trip to the Bionicum centre at Nürnberg zoo. The exhibitions at the Bionicum explore examples of biomimicry, a field of science that links biology with technology development and aims to incorporate structural patterns observed in nature into the design of buildings and machines to make them stronger and more efficient. This visit served to emphasize the importance of collaboration between scientists from inter-disciplinary backgrounds and to introduce a systems approach to thinking which will be important in Grade 11 during the interdisciplinary group IV project.
In addition to the Bionicum visit, students also had a guided tour of the mammals section of the zoo. This tour covered information about some of the mammals including giraffes, kangaroos and meerkats. At the end of the day, students had the chance to warm up in the indoor, tropical biosphere. Luckily, a little bit of rain was not enough to dampen the spirits. An extremely enjoyable and informative day was had by all.
HS Chemistry Teacher