Biomimicry Resources for Science is Cool (ScIC)

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Sharing Biomimicry with Young People

This publication helps K-12 educators establish a general foundation in biomimicry and provide ideas for introducing this new way of thinking and problem solving to their students.

Biomimicry Toolbox

The Biomimicry Toolbox is a free resource that provides an orientation to biomimicry and introduces a set of tools and core concepts that can help students and problem-solvers from any discipline begin to incorporate insights from nature into their design solutions.

30 Days of Reconnection

In the spirit of reconnecting with the natural world around us, the Biomimicry Institute team has put together a 30 day course of our favorite biomimicry activities.

AskNature Educator Resources

Help students understand how life’s systems and features can inspire the design of systems and products that solve human problems. Whether you use biomimicry examples regularly in your teaching, or you are new to the concept of biomimicry, AskNature has tools for both you and your students.

Biomimicry: A bite-sized introduction

Introduction and Unit Overview (PDF)

This collection of five lessons is designed to provide students with an engaging and authentic introduction to biomimicry and how biomimics (biomimicry practitioners) think and see the world.  Suggested for Grades 6-12. Suitable for remote learning.

This material is being made available as an “advance release” of content in a planned 10 lesson unit. We welcome your feedback as we continue to develop these lessons. There is a survey included with each lesson, which we invite you to take.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Biomimicry

Students are introduced to the essential features of biomimicry, embark on methods to explore the outdoors for what it can teach us, research biomimicry examples to share with peers and begin a  biomimicry journal. 

 

Lesson 2: Learning to Recognize Design in Nature

Students begin developing the skill of recognizing design in the billogical world through close observation.

 

Lesson 3: Learning to Connect Function with Design

Students are introduced to the concept of functional design, and why it’s important in biomimicry, through the study of human-made and natural objects and how their operating conditions inform their design. 

 

Lesson 4: Learning to Explore and Communicate About Functional Design Research

Students continue exploring functional design through research. They are introduced to the AskNature website and practice describing biological phenomena in the style of an AskNature strategy page.

 

Lesson 5: Learning to Make Connections between Nature’s Abilities and Human Aspirations

Students explore the role of analogy in biomimicry and practice making connections between nature’s abilities and human needs/wants. The lesson concludes with an opportunity for students to brainstorm their own nature-inspired inventions.

 

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