Engineering Education for the Next Generation: A Nature-Inspired Approach


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.9 X 9.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Sam Stier is Executive Director of The Center for Learning with Nature (, a non-profit organization providing STEM curricula and teacher training founded on the captivating power and modern importance of the natural world. Mr. Stier leads teacher trainings for primary, secondary, and post-secondary educators all over the world, workshops for design professionals, and is a sought-after public speaker. A consultant on Nature-inspired technological innovation and author of the award-winning K-12 curriculum Engineering Inspired by Nature, he is a faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he teaches science and sustainable design.


With Sam Stier's work, our students leverage their astonishment and amazement of Nature towards ambition and activism in tackling the immense challenges ahead. Blending solid science with infinite possibility, Sam Stier reminds us that we are not yet finished evolving.--Robert Gilson, M.A., M.Ed., STEAM Specialist, Blue School, NYC
As Stier unpacks how nature has provided an inspiration for innovators and inventors, he creates a compelling case as to why STEAM educators should utilize nature-inspired examples as students first examine the engineering process and engage in engineering experiences.--Christine Anne Royce, Ed.D., Professor of Science Education, Shippensburg University and 2018-2019 NSTA President
Sam Stier offers an altogether new hands-on approach to teaching engineering that draws upon the excitement of living things that are all around us in the world. I only wish that some of my K-12 teachers would have read this extraordinary book.--Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.
It is such a wonderful book that I wish I were a K-12 teacher ready to jump into this. The chapter on structural engineering is what we teach to second-year engineering students. My initial thought when I started reading was, why introduce this topic so early to K-12 students? And when I finished, my thought was, why not?--Mariappan Jawaharlal, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Fellow, Biomimicry Institute