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Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOMS Design Challenge – Registration is Open! (Now Available for grades 3-12!)

Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOMS Design Challenge – Registration is Open! (Now Available for grades 3-12!)

  • May 1, 2019
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Type : Challenge / Competition
Number of Students : No Limit
Due Date : Deadline for Registration is September 13, 2019
Link : mnzoo.org/stem
Location : 13000 Zoo Boulevard

Looking for ways to engage your students in integrated STEM? Register your class to develop a solution to a real problem at the zoo! This year, students will be challenged to develop solutions to update the Tropics Trail nocturnal hallway exhibit space and enrich the four visually impaired Hawaiian Monk Seals found in Discovery Bay. A FREE design challenge teacher workshop will be offered on Tuesday September 24th from 9 am- 3 pm to offer resources, activity ideas, and background knowledge of each challenge to help support implementation in your classroom. If you are unable to attend, communication will be continued through an online basecamp community of design challenge participants throughout the year.  The first 10 Elementary, 10 Middle School, and 10 High School teachers to register receive a $200 stipend upon meeting design challenge implementation guidelines.

See theZOOMS Challenge in Action!

Enrichment Design Challenge

Level 1: 3 – 5 Grade
Level 2: 6 – 8 Grade
Level 3: 9– 12 Grade

Develop an innovative enrichment for the Hawaiian Monk Seals
It has almost been 5 years since the 910,000 gallon tank in Discovery Bay became home to four female Hawaiian Monk Seals: Koa, Paki, Nani, and Ola. Currently, the Minnesota Zoo is the only location outside Hawaii to see this critically endangered species.  These animals pose a particularly unique challenge for zookeepers when providing enrichment as majority of the seals have visual impairments that must be considered when safely introducing anything new for them to explore. Zookeepers would like to find new and creative ways to encourage the natural behaviors and senses of these deep water divers while carefully considering their safety and sight restrictions.

Enrichment Design Challenge Guidelines

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Exhibit Design Challenge

Level 1: 3 – 5 Grade
Level 2: 6 – 8 Grade
Level 3: 9 – 12 Grade

Reimagine the Tropics Nocturnal Hallway with a new Creatures of the Canopy Theme
For 10 years, most of the nocturnal exhibit hallway located at the center of the Tropics Trail has sat nearly empty and boarded up.  Currently the zoo is seeking funding to revitalize this space with a new theme: Creatures of the Canopy. The zoo hopes for the space to lead visitors on an immersive walk through the layers of the rainforest and encounter animals that live in each level while also providing an interactive children’s play area. Included in this plan are the current nocturnal hallway residents: The Linne’s two-toed sloth pair and baby, Norman, Lily and Tofu, and the 14 ft. Burmese python, Nikita. The zoo would like help in redeveloping this area for these animals and choosing new smaller rainforest species to add to the space.  The final plan should balance keeper, visitor, and animal needs while also highlighting important rainforest conservation issues.

Exhibit Design Challenge Guidelines

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