Biomimicry

 

Designed and facilitated by STEMAZing Teacher Leaders Ginny Wheeler and Patricia Patchin

Did you know that a medicine used to treat Type 2 Diabetes was inspired by the saliva of a Gila Monster, and camouflage clothing was inspired by tigers? At this workshop, you will be amazed to learn how scientists, designers, architects, and many others are inspired by nature to solve human problems. This is called biomimicry! Through hands-on and minds-on activities, educators learned ways to inspire your students to solve human problems through the lens of nature.

Biomimicry Lessons and Resources

Ask Nature

Ask Nature

Life on earth presents elegant solutions to many of the challenges that designers and innovators face every day. Explore AskNature to find biological strategies, inspired ideas, and resources relative to your own innovation challenges, so ...
Beetle-inspired Water Bottle

Beetle-inspired Water Bottle

How a desert beetle made self-filling water bottles possible. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Biomimicry PowerPoint Presentation from the Workshop

Biomimicry PowerPoint Presentation from the Workshop

This is the presentation from the workshop with links to videos that were used during the workshop.   ...
Bird-stopping Spider Glass

Bird-stopping Spider Glass

Weave done it! Scientists make a new type of bird-stopping glass inspired by a SPIDERWEB. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Crosscutting Symbols One Pager

Crosscutting Symbols One Pager

Crosscutting Symbols One Pager Labeled one-page version of the Crosscutting Symbols but, remember, there is no RIGHT answer ...
Design Inspirations from RAFT

Design Inspirations from RAFT

Combine two unrelated ideas to inspire a creative new design! Engineers often use everyday objects to stimulate creative ideas. For example, an early ballpoint pen designer might have had a flash of inspiration while looking ...
Evolution by Natural Selection

Evolution by Natural Selection

Simulate evolution with some colorful “critters” and carnivorous “beaky birds”. Simulations are helpful to demonstrate processes like evolution that take place over many years. Observe how adaptations such as camouflage help organisms survive and pass ...
Exploravision

Exploravision

The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through ...
Gecko-inspired Adhesive

Gecko-inspired Adhesive

Sticky Science: Gecko Toes Key to Adhesive That Doesn't Lose Its Tackiness Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Gila Monster Diabetes Drug

Gila Monster Diabetes Drug

The Greatest Hope for Diabetes Is the Gila Monster—and It’s About to Go Extinct Its spit contains enzymes that treat diabetes—but the lizard could be on its way to extinction. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Going Places

Going Places

A go-cart contest inspires the imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. It’s time for this year’s Going ...
Going Places Activity Sheets

Going Places Activity Sheets

Some fun activity sheets to go along with the book ...
GoNoodle

GoNoodle

Get kids moving with GoNoodle - hundreds of videos which can be used for active brain breaks. Research supports movement and activity contributing to focus and learning. Get a FREE teacher account! ...
Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker describes ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time. They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage ...
Interference Paint

Interference Paint

In this activity, students learn about structural color while exploring interference paints. Students compare interference acrylic paints to normal acrylic paints. Students also observe how the color of the paint changes when it’s applied to ...
Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes

With a simple text and vivid full-color photographs, Stephen R. Swinburne shows children a wide range of nature's exquisite designs. He invites children to open their eyes and look for patterns in water and on ...
Lotus Paint

Lotus Paint

Eco-Friendly House Paint Inspired by the Self-Cleaning Lotus Flower Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Matrix of Crosscutting Concepts from NSTA

Matrix of Crosscutting Concepts from NSTA

A look at the Crosscutting Concepts from K-12 so educators can see the progression ...
Newsela

Newsela

By combining real-time assessments with leveled content from premier daily news sources and eminent nonfiction publishers, Newsela makes reading to learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability. Adjustable Lexile levels for the ...
Peacock Feather Engagement

Peacock Feather Engagement

To engage students with structural color ideas, a peacock feather was drawn, then put underwater for five minutes, removed, and redrawn to record the change in colors when it is wet ...
Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for both formative and summative assessment for each of the crosscutting concepts. Great for thinking about the questions you ask students as they are doing science and engineering projects ...
R.A.F.T.  Resource Area for Teaching

R.A.F.T. Resource Area for Teaching

Resource Area for Teaching has loads of Idea Sheets which you can search through for exceptional, #STEMontheCheap ideas like Design Inspirations ...
Reid Park Zoo Teacher Resources

Reid Park Zoo Teacher Resources

Spark your students’ interest in wildlife, conservation, and science at the Zoo! They offer a variety of resources and discounts for teachers ...
Termite Architecture

Termite Architecture

How Termites Inspired Mick Pearce's Green Buildings Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Venn Diagram With Lines

Venn Diagram With Lines

Used for brainstorming related to the Design Inspirations lesson from RAFT ...
WhatIsNano.org

WhatIsNano.org

A great collection of resources for teaching about nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers ...
Wind Farms and Schools of Fish

Wind Farms and Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Woodpecker-inspired Helmet

Woodpecker-inspired Helmet

Creature Feature: Woodpeckers are Pros at Protecting Their Brains Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...

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