This 60 minute activity was prepared for Siemens STEM Day. The activity focuses on having students develop a CAD model for a biomimetic “Adaptation Station” in one of four regions of the globe (desert, arctic, tropical jungle, ocean island). Students must design a Station that has 3 products inspired by animals or plants that inhabit their assigned terrain and that can help humans survive in that harsh climate. In lieu of a CAD model, students could also produce drawings or physical prototypes.
To extend and deepen this activity consider the following modifications:
- Provide students with additional information and examples to introduce biomimicry. (Tip: Browse AskNature Resources for inspiring videos)
- Provide students with additional time to research their assigned ecosystems in detail and develop a list of design criteria and constraints.
- Have students identify organisms from their assigned ecosystem that have exceptional adaptations to the unique conditions of that location.
Students analyze how effective strategies enable plants and animals to survive in harsh climates.
Students apply knowledge about plants and animals to a product in order to create an original design.
Students evaluate computer aided designs presented by their peers.