After a 3-year hiatus, we are excited to announce that the annual Intelligent Design Education Day is returning to Washington State with new speakers and sessions related to the theme of Tiny Tech. This free in-person event will be hosted by our friends at Great Northern University in Spokane, WA and is designed primarily for junior high and high school students from home and private schools (but also open to all ages).
First offered to the public in 2016, the annual ID Education Day represents a unique field trip opportunity where students can interact directly with scientists and learn about intelligent design. This year, following an introductory session on ID, our speakers will present on the extraordinary technology present in nature’s tiniest life forms – from single-celled bacteria to creepy-crawly insects – and then share some exciting updates from the field of nanotechnology, where scientists and engineers often utilize biomimicry to advance human technologies inspired by nature.
Interactive sessions, videos, and activities will help students to see the connection between the intelligence required to create human technologies and the even greater intelligence evident in the origin of life and biodiversity. Students will also be challenged to think critically about Darwinian evolution, which has failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for the beauty, complexity, and efficiency of nature’s tiniest technologies.
Other important details below:
- Attendees will be expected to bring a sack lunch
- Bookstore will be open before and after the event and during the lunch break
- Curricula, books, and other resources will be available for sale
- Event will not be livestreamed, but may be filmed, edited, and then released as a virtual event later in the year
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Great Northern University @ Fourth Memorial Church
2000 N Standard St.
Spokane, WA 99207
|9:00 am||Arrival (registration & bookstore open)|
|9:30 am||Welcome & introductions|
|9:40 am||What’s the best explanation for tiny tech in nature? (Daniel Reeves)|
|10:00 am||Bacterial nanotechnologies — cap or no cap? (Activity led by John Felts)|
|10:12 am||Bacteria — superheroes of the microbial world (Video)|
|10:30 am||Meet Complex I, nature’s very own “Newton’s Cradle” (Emily Reeves)|
|11:00 am||The molecular machine mystery (Pedro Moura)|
|11:30 am||Lunch break (bookstore open)|
|12:30 pm||How can human nanotechnology be inspired by nature? (Daniel Reeves)|
|12:45 pm||How to create a virus’ worst nightmare (Marisa Arthur)|
|1:10 pm||Wormy technologies — two truths and a lie (Activity led by John Felts)|
|1:25 pm||Squirmy, wormy micro-robots (George Damoff)|
|1:50 pm||Ask a scientist (Panel Q&A with Emily Reeves, Pedro Moura, Marisa Arthur, & George Damoff)|
|2:30 pm||Dismissal (bookstore open until 3:00 pm)|