A biomimicry activity that helps students practice identifying function in the biological world.

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This document presents the Biomimicry Institute’s “Function Junction” activity with additional introductory material for youth educators.

What makes biomimicry possible is that both biology and human design have a concept in common—that concept is function. For example, a tree must manage to stay upright and so does a skyscraper. This is a simple, hands-on activity that gives students practice in identifying function in the biological world and relating it to human design challenges. This activity can be done with almost any age group irrespective of their level of biological knowledge. The activity builds on the “Seeing” Function lesson plan.

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