This book introduces youth educators to biomimicry and guides them in how to engage students in the topic in ways that will transform their outlook on the world and their own creativity.

This fun to read book by an experienced educator offers an excellent introduction to the topic of biomimicry and nature-inspired engineering for any teacher who wants to understand more about engineering design, its relation to the larger subjects of STEM/STEAM, and how to meaningfully engage students from all backgrounds to draw inspiration from nature. It is most suitable for teachers of students in elementary through high school.

From the Publisher:

“Studded with more than 150 illustrations of natural phenomena and engineering concepts, this fascinating and practical book clearly demonstrates how engineering design is broadly relevant for all students, not just those who may become scientists or engineers. Mr. Stier describes clever, engaging activities for students at every grade level to grasp engineering concepts by exploring the everyday design genius of the natural world around us. Students will love learning about structural engineering while standing on eggs; investigating concepts in sustainable design by manufacturing cement out of car exhaust; and coming to understand how ant behavior has revolutionized the way computer programs, robots, movies, and video games are designed today. You will come away with an understanding of engineering and Nature unlike any you’ve had before, while taking your ability to engage students to a whole new level.”

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Engineering Education for the Next Generation

To get a taste of what the book offers before purchasing it, download the sample below, which includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 1.