Lesson Plan

Bio Inspired Design Paper Flowers

Can paper flowers have some of the same properties as real flowers? First, learners investigate how water is absorbed into a flower through capillary action by using real flowers, yarn, and paper. Then, they have an opportunity to create their own bio-inspired flowers that absorbs water by participating in a STEM engineering design task.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an introduction activity about the properties of water that relate to plant function
  • Introduce STEM engineering design practices and collaborative learning using the simple activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials not found in a typical classroom
  • Incorporates engineering design practices
  • Great project-based learning activity
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