Pollinator Concentrator

Teacher Tools

The Teacher Tools section provides all the related resources for the Pollinator Concentrator project including the Educational Perspectives videos, downloable activity guides, teaching resources and content around the topic of biodiversity.


Education Perspectives

Teachers Guide

The Teachers Guide contains all the files below in one document for easy access designed for teachers to develop their own curriculum around Biodiversity, Art and Science in conjunction with the BioSTEAM Curriculum Tool online.

Resource Guide

This quick guide highlights some of the resources used to develop the BioSTEAM curriculum tools. Explore these live linked resources and more on the BioSTEAM project pages and in the wiki located in the Design Tool.

Design Challenge

The BioMachine Design Challenge includes and overview on this activity and guidelines such as examples, a rubric.  Students design a pollinator-inspired BIO-MACHINE that helps us live in balance with nature.


The Pollinator Snapshot is intended to make connections between the pollinator theme with biomimetics or nature inspired design. Snapshots focus on pollinator species featured in Pollinator Concentrator such as bees, butterflies, and bats.

Biodiversity Topics

Provides a detailed description of the three main biodiversity topics for this project to inform the sci-art experiments and designs. Students learn how art, science, technology and culture are inspired by nature.

Nature Experiments

Includes three hands-on Nature Inspired Experiments that explore the NGSS crosscutting concepts of patterns, structure and function. Visualizing the invisible, Drawing pollinators, and analyzing bat data.

Biodiversity Teacher Resources

The following articles, essays and research papers are resources for the Pollinator Concentrator project to help you build content for your lesson. They cover topics on biodiversity, pollinator and species decline, as well as their connections to climate change and the rise of pandemic diseases. Also included are a collection of related essays from UNESCO on Humanistic Futures of Learning. For more on biodiversity topics related to this unit visit the Design Tool and scroll down to see the Topics Map.

UNESCO Biodiversity Learning Kit Volume 1

UNESCO's Biodiversity learning kits are concrete tools designed to support biodiversity-related education, communication and public awareness. The full 191 page book can be downloaded.

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UNESCO Biodiversity Learning Kit Volume 2 Activities

Developed jointly by UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the occasion of the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), this kit responds to the need to develop concrete tools, in support of biodiversity communication, education and public awareness. The 80-page book of hands on activities can be downloaded.

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UNESCO's commitment to biodiversity: connecting people and nature for an inspiring future

This publication highlights some of UNESCO’s biodiversity-related actions and solutions, based on the Organization’s unique mandate and its diverse normative instruments, networks, programmes and partners . These actions have reduced biodiversity loss and improved the lives of many people around the planet .

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Terralingua: Biocultural Diversity Toolkit

Edited by Luisa Maffi and Ortixia Dilts,Terralingua’s Biocultural Diversity Toolkit is a free publication that introduces the theory and practice of biocultural diversity and some of the relevant tools and approaches.

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UNESCO: Humanistic Futures of Learning

Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks. This collection presents diverse views on the aims and purposes of education, as well as on learning content and methods within increasingly complex learning systems. The humanistic approach to education and development is the common thread that weaves together the diversity of contributions into a rich tapestry on learning.

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UNESCO: Learning about Biodiversity – Multiple-Perspective Approaches

The Multiple-Perspective Tool is a valuable framework for teaching any sustainable development issue. The focus of this particular companion document is on applying multiple perspectives for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to biodiversity issues.

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BioSTEAM Teacher Wiki

We are living in a transformative century where new scientific discoveries and technologies are radically reframing they way we think and interact in every aspect of our lives with the potential to expand our worldview and sense of self. How can an expanded sense of self be explored through the merging of art and culture with science and technology? How can this exploration develop empathy and a deeper connection to our humanity and nature? Never before has it been so urgent for our youth to be prepared to solve local and global humanitarian and environmental challenges.  These challenges require out of the box creative thinking and unique transdisciplinary skills inherent in STEAM education.

So why is the path to creating integrated STEAM activities in our schools and classrooms so challenging and overwhelming? Why are we so resistant to learning new technologies? How can STEM/STEAM activities be more culturally responsive? How can "I" integrate science if I am not a scientist? How can "I" integrate art if I am not an artist? How do we create interdisciplinary projects within the constraints of the 20th century structured classroom? These are questions that we are continually addressing through the STEMarts Lab. The BioSTEAM Teacher Wiki below has links to articles, posts and research that explore these underlying questions and can provide insight and inspiration. We also include links with background information on science discoveries, fields of study or art genres referred to in the BioSTEAM projects that may be new to you. Select specific topics from the Word Cloud or select VIEW ALL in the Word Cloud to see all entries. The size of the word is proportional to the amount of links under that topic.