Biomimicry 3.8: Case Examples. AskNature. Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action. The Biomimicry Institute – Inspiring Sustainable Innovation. Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Genius. While looking for her just-published book in a bookstore, biologist Janine M.
Benyus was asked by the clerk what it was about. She responded instinctually, head swimming with all the ideas she had worked with while writing. “It’s about looking to nature for inspiration for new inventions,” she blurted. “It’s learning to live gracefully on this planet by consciously emulating life’s genius. It’s not really technology or biology; it’s the technology of biology. The store clerk’s response was one Benyus says she will never forget: “Look lady, you’ve got Nature and you’ve got Technology; you’ve got to choose one.” Though he was talking about the way the store categorized publications, Benyus says the clerk’s statement made her realize that “the deep, deep separation between those two ideas in our culture was why biomimicry was squirming to be born”. And this work is attracting appreciation. Biomimicry thinking A wonderous process So how is this to be applied? What is Biomimicry? BioBrainstorming: A Biomimicry Tool. Designers Accord - Sustainability in 7 - Janine Benyus.
Kids' Science Challenge: Fun Educational Science Resources! Encyclopedia of Life. Sweet Search. Presentation Template: Google Slides. Biomimicry Toolkit. Week Long Units (Middle School) These week-long units, developed in 2009, teach middle school children about biomimicry through a powerpoint presentation, outdoor exercises, and then by giving students the opportunity to explore their own biomimetic solutions to sustainability challenges.
Some of the components in these units can be used independently, or for a 1 or 2-day introduction as well. Basic Teacher’s Lesson PlanBiomimicry for MS QuestionnaireBiomimicry and the Built Environment: An Introduction to Biomimicry for Middle School Power Point (Basic)Inspiring Organism Library (Basic) This unit (similar to the unit above) uses an in-depth case study on climate change to augment the material. Climate Change Teacher’s Lesson PlanBiomimicry for MS QuestionnaireBiomimicry and the Built Environment: An Introduction to Biomimicry for Middle School Power Point (Climate Change)Inspiring Organism Library (Climate Change) Copycat Engineers. Summary This lesson introduces students to the idea of biomimicry — or looking to nature for engineering ideas.
Biomimicry involves solving human problems by mimicking natural solutions, and it works well because the solutions exist naturally. There are numerous examples of useful applications of biomimicry, and in this lesson we look at a few fun examples. Engineering Connection Engineers design products that are essential to our health, happiness, and safety. Educational Standards Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards. All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standard Network (ASN), a project of JES & Co.
In the ASN, standards are hierarchically structured: first by source; e.g., by state; within source by type; e.g., science or mathematics; within type by subtype, then by grade, etc. Learning Objectives.