Evolve To Survive

Big Idea

The Big Idea of evolving to survive is theoretical but applicable through our various disciplines.  Tangibly speaking in many instances we need to change our ways in different environments to survive.  And hopefully that survival becomes successful and a template for future endeavors. Students have already developed a great deal of the necessary skills for survival, but academically our plan is for them to understand evolving to survive through the disciplines of Math, Engineering, Social Studies, English, Mandarin, and Biology.  These ideas will culminate in a closing activity where this amalgamation of thoughts and ideas will be applied to creating a symposium and exhibits in conjunction with the Natural History Museum and in association with Great Lakes Biomimicry, University of Akron, and Cleveland State University.  


Evolution has taken place over all disciplines.  Students will demonstrate how areas have evolved over different areas. In math students, will look  at the evolution of measurement from the Greeks to the current day  and how geometry will be used in geometry for the future.  Projects will be constructing angles,  line segments, and various projects. Students will incorporated geometry into various art projects. In engineering students will study how the design of the bicycle has changed over time based on historical context and relationship to material science and manufacturing processes.  Will connect the design process to evolution.  Ideas can evolve during the brainstorming process.  Designs evolve over time throughout the design process and between design iterations.  This concept will help develop grit as students understand that when machines don’t work as intended it can be used as an opportunity for learning and growth. In biology, students will explore the different points of evolution by drafting a creative story for their organism.


Essential Questions

1. Why does survival of the fittest apply to more than just evolution?

2. Does evolution reflect success?

3. How do you show evolution is an aspect of all life and existence?


Transdisciplinary Connections

English: Students will look at their lives from birth till now and see how they have grown and evolved. They will also do research of a career as they look to how they will evolve in the future.

History: Students will look at the evolution of Self and the world and how people adapt to the world around them. Students will create a self history story

Chinese: History and dynasty development and evolution. Creat a dearm city blue print with paper cutting arts.

Science: Hybrid Breeding ad campaign, Points of Evolution Organism Project, History of earth timeline

Math: Students will create constructions of various geometric shapes. Students will  use polygons, circles, and various transformations to create an art project

Engineering: Students will study the history and design of the bicycle and use this knowlege to design and build a bicycle for the future.


End Products

Students will produce a collaborative Museum Exhibit. While all students will complete all activities, for the final 2 weeks of the capstone they will focus solely on the exhibit they would like to present.

Evolve to Move: Students will build a working, aesthetically pleasing mode of transportation. Options: Working Model, Scale model, Photographs

Evolve to Live: Students will create an artistic depiction of a life form through various stages of evolution. Options: 3D Printed model, transformer, artistic description, slide show

Evolve to Create: Students will study shapes in geometry and create a mathematical interpretation through an artistic medium. Options: Abstract artistic piece, Fabric, paper modeling, string

Evolve to Advance: Students will examine the cultural impact of evolution around the world and use paper modeling to create a visual model. Options: Oragami, Cityscapes, lightbox

Evolve to Explore: Students will explore the historical relevance of evolution and create a piece of writing that explores their connection to the past Options: Creative Writing, Timeline, Collage

Evolve to Grow: Students will explore their past, present, and futures and how they have evolved throughout. Options: Persuasive Writing piece, creative writing, self-portrait, artistic expression