Deborah Lee Rose is an author who recently worked with a raptor biologist, Jane Veltkamp, to write the non-fiction book, Beauty’s Beak: The Brave Story of a Bald Eagle and Her 3D-Printed Prosthetic Beak. The book will be published in 2017, but you can already access related S.T.E.M. materials here.
Deborah Lee Rose’s website also includes an educational guide for Beauty’s Beak that has lots of curriculum connections and guiding questions.
Beauty, who had much of her beak shot off by a poacher, was almost euthanized because of her inability to survive. Jane Veltkamp and her team collaborated to save Beauty, and the eagle is celebrating her 15th birthday this year.
One important part of Design Thinking is empathy, and the story of how Beauty’s rescuers cared for her and found a way to replace the eagle’s beak using the technology of 3d printing is an excellent illustration of empathy at work.
There are so many lessons to be learned by the story of Beauty, from the perils of poaching to the fantastic feats that can be accomplished by those who work together to beat the odds. This is a tale that is relevant and inspiring, and sure to make an impact on your students on multiple levels.