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Nature is more than the sum of its parts. Explore the connections between individual biological strategies, innovations, or educational resources as leading thinkers, scientists, artists, and others reflect on unifying themes in biomimicry.

Navigating Deeper Into Nature

On the ocean, you get to be out there in the elements, and maybe when you do that, you get to be more human than you are on land. Lehua Kamalu, Navigator

As the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia sail from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti, a captain and navigator reflects on how they learn from––and depend on––the creatures of the Pacific.

For Educators

The world of the future will be designed by the students of today. AskNature has tools to help educators bring biomimicry into the classroom for a single day or for a whole school year.

Biomimicry: Nature as Model, Measure, and Mentor

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

In this three‑part lesson students explore what nature can teach us about the principles of sustainable design and reflect on applications to a problem in their home, school, or community.

Keeping It Clean

Biomimicry Institute

Explore resources for teaching about superhydrophobicity and nanotechnology using the story of how super water‑repellent lotus leaves inspired self‑cleaning surface coatings.

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AskNature Scavenger Hunt

Biomimicry Institute

Get familiar with how to use the AskNature website by exploring what it has to offer.

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Introducing Biomimicry in High School

Biomimicry Institute

This collection of activities provides a high school level introduction to the concept of biomimicry, along with instruction to support student use of the resources on the AskNature website to apply biomimicry to any design challenge.

A Gentler Robot

Biomimicry Institute

Explore resources for teaching engineering concepts and practices using the story of a flexible robotic arm inspired by the muscles in elephants’ trunks.

Biological Strategies

We've curated more than 1700 strategies developed by living things that achieve thousands of different functions. Whatever challenge you're looking to address, nature can serve as your model, measure, and mentor.

Innovations

Whether you're building tools for underwater communication or finding new ways to map the cosmos, nature is rife with practical inspiration for the project at hand. AskNature's innovation database makes it easy to explore a variety of products and design solutions inspired by the natural world.

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Most Popular Pages for May 2022

With over 1700 biological strategies cultivated on AskNature, there are dozens of somethings for anyone. But time has shown that at any given time, a few things seem to be the right thing for everyone. Explore some of our most popular pages now.

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