An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Antonio Hopson, Middle School science teacher

Approaching science with a creative lens is part of the STEAM movement (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Seventh-grade biology students began their evolution unit by studying the physical adaptions that help a squid thrive in its environment. After a dissection and a quick culinary lesson on how to prepare calamari, students were challenged — Project Runway style – to design a dress or pantsuit inspired by the body plan of their cephalopod specimen.  

Here are some pictures of outfits you might soon see on the runway. Trendy adaptions to the clothing designs included anatomically inspired tentacles, arms, suckers, chromatophores, and the sublime, fusiform, curvy mantle. "Make it work! Get creative!" I told the students, just like the host of Project Runway says to his designers. This short project is an example of the creative and fun ways that we can help students learn.