Pollinator Concentrator

Biosteam artist:

Ana MacArthur

Teacher Tools

The Teacher Tools section provides all the related resources for the Pollinator Concentrator project including the Biodiversity Topics Map,  BioSTEAM Teacher WIKI, Pollinator Concentrator Map, Teacher Resources, BioSTEAM Design Challenge, and Student Surveys for each project. The student surveys are designed to help assess the impact of the BioSTEAM project in your classroom and to evaluate student learning outcomes.


Biodiversity Topics Map

The Biodiversity Topics Map below gives you a birds-eye view of the topic areas embedded in the Pollinator Concentrator project. See the interdisciplinary connections explored in the BioSteam Design Tool and throughout the project. Trace how the BioSTEAM concepts highlight the working relationships between art, culture, science, and technology. Search the BioSTEAM Wikis using the colored keywords to see the big picture.

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.


Pollinator Concentrator Map

The Pollinator Concentrator project asks the question: How can we combine art & culture, science and technology to explore new solutions to biodiversity loss and pollinator decline through an art-based approach. Artist, Ana MacArthur's site-specific installation, Pollinator Concentrator, starts the conversation. A series of video INTERviews with a group of inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural experts sharing their unique worldview and knowledge provides diverse perspectives on the topic. The BioSTEAM Design Tool, WIKI, and Citizen Science projects provide the student tools. The BioSTEAM Design Challenge is the final closing project that brings it all together.

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 .

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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