Biomimicry: Teaching How Nature Inspires Technology

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Humans look to nature to inspire and engineer new technology for almost everything. This approach is known as biomimicry. Animals, specifically, have a wide variety of body plans and adaptations that enable them to perform life functions. This workshop supplies an opportunity to explore the ways humans have mimicked nature in engineering design. Participants will draw evidence from informational texts and digital sources to support analysis and reflection. There will also be comparing and contrasting of information gained from simulations, readings, and multimedia sources on the same topic. Participants will perform activities mirroring aspects of a design investigation, while incorporating the principles of biomimicry. Diversified teaching methods will include handling biofacts and observing live animals at exhibits.

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